1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect. [Obs. or Obsolescent]
His frown was full of terror, and his voice
Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe. --Cowper.
2. The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence.
There is an awe in mortals' joy,
A deep mysterious fear. --Keble.
To tame the pride of that power which held the Continent in awe. --Macaulay.
The solitude of the desert, or the loftiness of the mountain, may fill the mind with awe -- the sense of our own littleness in some greater presence or power. --C. J. Smith.
To stand in awe of, to fear greatly; to reverence profoundly.
Syn: -- See Reverence.
Awe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Awed (░); p. pr. & vb. n. Awing.] To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread.
That same eye whose bend doth awe the world. --Shak.
His solemn and pathetic exhortation awed and melted the bystanders. --Macaulay.
n 1: an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration; "he stared
over the edge with a feeling of awe"
2: a profound emotion inspired by a deity; "the fear of God"
[syn: fear, reverence, veneration]
v : inspire awe in; "The famous professor awed the