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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 aw·ful /ˈɔfəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Aw·ful a.
 1. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene. “The hour of Nature's awful throes.”
 2. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
    Heaven's awful Monarch.   --Milton.
 3. Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken. [Obs.]
    A weak and awful reverence for antiquity.   --I. Watts.
 4. Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding. [Obs.]
    Thrust from the company of awful men.   --Shak.
 5. Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster. [Slang]
 Syn: -- See Frightful.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste";
             "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful
             manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible
             handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into
             the room" [syn: atrocious, abominable, dreadful,
              painful, terrible, unspeakable]
      2: causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful
         risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that
         London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the
         headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it
         once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling";
         "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
         [syn: dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful,
          fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific,
      3: offensive or even (of persons) malicious; "in a nasty mood";
         "a nasty accident"; "a nasty shock"; "a nasty smell"; "a
         nasty trick to pull"; "Will he say nasty things at my
         funeral?"- Ezra Pound [syn: nasty] [ant: nice]
      4: inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence;
         "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed
         heads" [syn: awed]
      5: inspiring awe or admiration or wonder; "New York is an
         amazing city"; "the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring
         sight"; "the awesome complexity of the universe"; "this
         sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some
         hidden soul beneath"- Melville; "Westminster Hall's awing
         majesty, so vast, so high, so silent" [syn: amazing, awe-inspiring,
          awesome, awing]
      adv : used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting"; "I'm awful
            sorry" [syn: terribly, awfully, frightfully]