awe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v awe inspire awe in "The famous professor awed the undergraduates"
    • n awe an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration "he stared over the edge with a feeling of awe"
    • n awe a feeling of profound respect for someone or something "the fear of God","the Chinese reverence for the dead","the French treat food with gentle reverence","his respect for the law bordered on veneration"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Awe Dread; great fear mingled with respect. "His frown was full of terror, and his voice
      Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe ."
    • Awe 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."
      "To tame the pride of that power which held the Continent in awe .""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."
    • v. t Awe To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread. "That same eye whose bend doth awe the world.""His solemn and pathetic exhortation awed and melted the bystanders."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n awe Dread; fear, as of something evil.
    • n awe Fear mingled with admiration or reverence; reverential fear; feeling inspired by something sublime, not necessarily partaking of the nature of fear or dread.
    • n awe Overawing influence.
    • n awe Synonyms Reverence, Veneration, etc. See reverence, n.
    • awe To inspire with fear or dread; terrify; control or restrain by the influence of fear.
    • awe To strike with awe, reverence, or respect; influence by exciting profound respect or reverential fear.
    • awe To owe.
    • n awe One of the float-boards of an undershot water-wheel, on which the water acts.
    • n awe One of the sails of a windmill.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Awe aw reverential fear, or wonder: dread:
    • v.t Awe to strike with or influence by fear
    • n Awe aw (arch.) power to inspire awe
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Gross and obscure natures, however decorated, seem impure shambles; but character gives splendor to youth, and awe to wrinkled skin and gray hairs.”
  • Charles Davenport
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    “Custom, that unwritten law, By which the people keep even kings in awe.”
  • David Sarnoff
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    “We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.”
  • Albert Einstein
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    “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”
  • James G. Frazer
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    “The awe and dread with which the untutored savage contemplates his mother-in-law are amongst the most familiar facts of anthropology.”
  • Llewelyn Powys
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    “No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky.”

Idioms

Awe inspiring - Something or someone that is awe inspiring amazes people in a slightly frightening but positive way.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aȝe, aghe, fr. Icel. agi,; akin to AS. ege, ōga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave, chastisement, fear, Gr. 'a`chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail,. √3. Cf. Ugly
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. agi, A.S. ege, fear; cog. with Gael. eaghal; Gr. achos, anguish.

Usage

In literature:

Involuntarily she breathed a soft little exclamation of awe and delight.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
The boys climbed slowly up the steep ascent, casting awed glances to right and left.
"Penelope and the Others" by Amy Walton
One morning Edwin was busy in the shop with his own private minion, the paper boy, who went in awe of him.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The elder woman, for all her gentleness and apparent timidity, had a bold spirit that stood in no awe of the high and mighty.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
To me, as I looked over the bulwarks, the scene was inexpressibly strange, and grand, and awe-producing.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
With what awe does the first acquaintance with death impress us!
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
She stood in awe of her.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
The girl looked at him in awe.
"The Man of the Desert" by Grace Livingston Hill
He thinks my awe and fear of him are love.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Miss Altifiorla rose with a look of awe, Mrs. Western with a feeling of anger that was almost dominated by fear.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
He was glad that it should awe and move her thus.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
And there was still in all souls a certain unearthly awe of the recently invented and as yet rather rare steamboats.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
There is one thing, gentlemen of the jury, of which they stand in awe, and it is in your hands to give them one more lesson.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Was this big westerner really awed by the situation we were facing?
"The Black Wolf Pack" by Dan Beard
We'll take rooms at the Parker House which used to fill me with silent awe.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
After a time she rose timidly, awed by the glamour and the strangeness of it all, and looked out.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
An awe squeezed at his throat.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The country all around is full of fierce natives, who hold the palace in awe and prevent others from reaching it.
"Frank Merriwell Down South" by Burt L. Standish
How terrible a thing, if the realm of smallness were suddenly to emerge, consume this awe inspiring drug!
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
With a caution akin to awe she approached the windfall where a cyclone years before had levelled a wide swath through the heavy growth.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
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In poetry:

It is with awe
That I beheld
Fresh leaves, green leaves,
Bright in the sun.
"It is with awe" by Matsuo Basho
Then by a little pool
A lovely child he saw;
A harmless thing and beautiful,
And yet so full of awe,
"The Legend of St. Austin and the Child" by Katharine Tynan
Seem all my thoughts and prayers
When He but speaks Thy Law;
Out of my heart the tares
Are torn by awe!
"Mary At Nazareth" by Cale Young Rice
While I hearken to Thy law,
Fill my soul with humble awe
Till Thy Gospel bring to me
Life and immortality.
"To the Temple I Repair" by James Montgomery
These were his fields Elysian:
With mystic eyes he saw
The sowers planting vision,
The reapers gleaming awe.
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
No eyes would close in slumber
Within our little bark;
What charmed us so in daylight
So awed us in the dark.
"Lake Como" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Authorities in Awe of Drug Runners' Jungle-Built, Kevlar- Coated Supersubs.
Robert Mathis was impressed but hardly in awe after being part of the Indianapolis Colts ' dramatic - 7:21 pm.
Remember years ago (a.k.a 2008) when someone would bust out an iPhone in a group of people to be met with the same type of awe directed at owners of Laserdiscs (remember Laserdiscs?).
Critics in awe of the veteran actor's performance.
Even though the stereotype is that men don't cry and that crying is a sign of weakness, when a man in a leadership position shows such raw emotion, most people talk about with a sense of awe.
The theme draws from stories of indigenous cultures in the South Pacific that have been awed by the advanced technology of American visitors, forming cults and rituals to beckon them and their airplanes back.
Whenever I travel west to visit the Mother Jones mother ship in San Francisco, I'm awed by the number of trash bins.
As crews began to saw away at the enormous trunk of the state's next Christmas tree, Friday morning, a large crowd of Jackson residents watched in awe at what they were seeing.
Daredevil's sky jump provides global moment of awe.
Daredevil's 24-mile jump from edge of space gives millions on Earth collective moment of awe.
Daredevil 's sky jump provides global moment of awe.
Daredevil 's 24-mile jump from edge of space gives millions on Earth collective moment of awe.
Dawes awes Taft Ballroom crowd.
"I am constantly in awe of Debra ( Dexter 's lieutenant sister, played by Jennifer Carpenter) and their dynamic.".
Dismantling a Civil War-era barn in Bethel Township, Philip Hess is in awe of the ingenuity and workmanship Pennsylvania German artisans put into building the nearly 4,500-square-foot structure.
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In science:

The fact that GZ’s final results for γGZ ϕ (T ) have been questioned, however, does not imply that their influence functional approach, as such, is fundamentally flawed.
Influence Functional for Decoherence of Interacting Electrons in Disordered Conductors
Consequently, unless these degeneracies are properly taken into account (by, e.g., symmetrizing over all possibilities or ordering the results by norm), any test which is derived from the notion of summing multipole or normal vectors is flawed.
Alignment tests for low CMB multipoles
The derivation of the latter in the paper is shown to be flawed.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
But even in more sophisticated setups where zero-temperature detectors and finite-temperature sources are represented by differen t metallic leads (in close resemblance to the original Bell proposal) the Bell test based on Eq. (3) is flawed.
Finite-temperature Bell test for quasiparticle entanglement in the Fermi sea
This is held to be the original waterfall approach but it is a scheme which Royce’s paper claims is flawed.
ECSS in the eXtreme
Peer review: a flawed process at the heart of science and journals (2006).
Accelerating the pace of discovery by changing the peer review algorithm
This argument is certainly flawed as countries who want to have the nuclear weapon capacity will most likely choose the simpler way to make a bomb using Pu239 or U235.
The Future of Nuclear Energy: Facts and Fiction Chapter IV: Energy from Breeder Reactors and from Fusion?
This result makes the identification of the term “local” with “not violating any Bell inequality” seem flawed, since nonlocality should not be creatable by local actions on any local state.
Quantum Entanglement and Geometry
The specific form of argumentation (and in particular the assumptions on which it is based) that makes use of the precautionary principle should be compared with Peterson’s impossibility proofs in in order to guarantee that the argument that one actually makes use of is not flawed.
Informal Control code logic
If no such M is conceivable there is no basis for the assumption that M is a safety critical component of R because the design of R itself is essentially flawed.
Informal Control code logic
Our first point is that regarding the test set (“XG-SAT”) that he claims to prove, for a particular and rather complex and clever set Lz that he defines, is in NP[Lz ] but is not in P[Lz ], his proof that his test set belongs to NP[Lz ] seems flawed.
Barbosa, Uniform Polynomial Time Bounds, and Promises
We suspect that many GoF tests used in the literature to test models of financial returns are fundamentally flawed because of the long-ranged volatility correlations.
Goodness-of-Fit tests with Dependent Observations
Thus, the notion of “trivial” (and thus flawed”) deserves more comment.
A New General Method to Generate Random Modal Formulae for Testing Decision Procedures
In the work by Achlioptas et al. (1997) flawed problems are tho se solvable in linear time by standard CSP procedures, due to the undesired presence of implicit unary constraints causing some variable’s value to be inadmissible. A similar notion holds for SAT (Mitchell et al., 1992) and QBF (Gent & Walsh, 1999).
A New General Method to Generate Random Modal Formulae for Testing Decision Procedures
Auslander claimed to prove that the Euler characteristic vanishes for a compact complete affine manifold, but his proof was flawed.
Two papers which changed my life: Milnor's seminal work on flat manifolds and flat bundles
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