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definition of the word awesome

by the Wiktionnary

Etymology

awe + -some

Pronunciation

Adjective

awesome (comparative more awesome, superlative most awesome)

Positive
awesome

Comparative
more awesome

Superlative
most awesome

  1. (somewhat dated or formal) Causing awe or terror; inspiring wonder or excitement.
    The waterfall in the middle of the rainforest was an awesome sight.
    The tsunami was awesome in its destructive power.
  2. (informal) Excellent, exciting, remarkable.
    That was awesome!, That's awesome!!
    Awesome, dude!

Usage notes

The oldest meaning of "awesome" is "something which inspires awe", but the word is also a common slang expression in English. As the original meaning of awesome has become somewhat antiquated in general use, the term awe-inspiring is now generally used for the same meaning.

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