• "I love that old man, and wish him awful well."
    "I love that old man, and wish him awful well."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n awfulness a quality of extreme unpleasantness
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Additional illustrations & photos:

She took a awful cold She took a awful cold
A woman hates to give in awful, so I suggested a compromise on California A woman hates to give in awful, so I suggested a compromise on California
Awful appearance of the Shade of Remus to Romulus Awful appearance of the Shade of Remus to Romulus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some of the other names that were thought of for the dwarfs in the Disney movie "Snow White" were Awful, Dirty, Shifty, Hotsy, and Jumpy
    • Awfulness The quality of striking with awe, or with reverence; dreadfulness; solemnity; as, the awfulness of this sacred place. "The awfulness of grandeur."
    • Awfulness The state of being struck with awe; a spirit of solemnity; profound reverence. "Producing in us reverence and awfulness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n awfulness The quality of being awful, or of striking or inspiring with awe, fear, or horror; impressive solemnity or sublimity; dreadfulness; terribleness: as, the awfulness of the sacred place, or of a casualty.
    • n awfulness The state of being full of or inspired with awe; reverence; awe.
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  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.”
  • Jane Fonda
    Jane Fonda
    “You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast which is what I tried to do.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid -- as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “To die will be an awfully big adventure.”
  • Jesse Owens
    Jesse Owens
    “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”
  • Norman Mailer
    “What characterizes a member of a minority group is that he is forced to see himself as both exceptional and insignificant, marvelous and awful, good and evil.”


In literature:

But Johnnie was not afraid to think about it, awful as it was.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
A lonely churchyard is an awful place, and this one seemed more awful than others to me, who was about to visit the dead!
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
It must be so awfully interesting, mustn't it?
"Queensland Cousins" by Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
It was an awful tough job, but we did it with a couple over.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
It'd be an awful shock to them to find that I'm a pirate.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
Why, she used to; but she's so awfully queer, you know; the Goat has grown too awfully queer for anything.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
Then there was an awful silence.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Died of a bullet in his head, too, aw dear, aw dear!
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Happen theer's na so much to choose betwixt us after aw.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I'm glad you liked it awfully; I liked it awfully myself.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome

In poetry:

What do I hear? thou truant! thou hast dare
E'en to the awful presence of the king
Bear thy presumption!
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Well, this is awful weather;
Storming with rain and snow!
I sit at the window, staring
Into the darkness below.
"From The Window" by Heinrich Heine
Mi daddy he once fell asleep,
An nivver wakken'd moor:
Aw saw 'em put him in a box,
An tak him aght o'th' door.
"The Old Bachelor's Story" by John Hartley
If I am low and sinful, bring
More love where need is rife;
Thou knowest what an awful thing
It is to be a life.
"Within and Without: Part IV: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Aw wodn't care to live at all,
Unless aw could be jolly!
Let sanctimonious skinflints call
All recreation folly.
"My Doctrine" by John Hartley
Gie me all this, an' aw shall be
Content, withaat a daat,
But if denied, then let me be
Content to live withaat.
"What Aw Want" by John Hartley

In news:

The offense looked lethargic , confused and, at times, awful Friday.
I mean, dude mentions his 48-inch rims, camera cuts to dude pointing at his 48-inch rims like "aw yeah".
His first-half performance was awful at best.
Your Highness' isn't just a bad movie, it's 'the' bad movie -- a work of ur-awfulness, counterbrilliance and antigenius.
As part of a shift towards more environmentally-friendly operations, American Electric Power (AEP) recently replaced oil-based lubricants at six of its hydro plants with the non-toxic UCON Trident AW hydraulic fluid.
Awful "Grey's Anatomy" and ludicrous "Scandal" return.
Pretending to have a good time can be awfully taxing.
One Sunday morning at Bangkok's rich Aw Taw Kaw open-air market, Bob Halliday, an American writer and translator who has lived in Thailand for 35 years, showed me how to pick the best ones.
There's been an awful lot of talk over the past few days about the " material witness es" arrested by law enforcement officials in connection with Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
The killing for which Elroy Chester was sentenced to death was as awful as they come, a clear violation of both law and morality.
Urkel, Minnie Mouse and other shades of awful erotic fanfic.
Awful Jets suffer meltdown vs Eagles.
After a slew of terrible movies pushing right-wing causes ("Won't Back Down," "Last Ounce of Courage," "October Baby"), now comes "Butter," a really awful liberal movie, to help restore balance to the cinematic/political universe.
And thankfully he chooses this fantastically awful song as his way to say it.
On "One for You, One for Me," he sings, "You and me, that is an awful lie.

In science:

For the following we rewrite Aw (p, q , σ) in terms of the momentum wave function Φ(p).
Generalized (s-Parameterized) Weyl Transformation
This in effect means that m of the n bilinear terms that define the set C can be replaced by the linear system Aw − by = 0.
On a Linear Property of Bilinearly Defined Sets in $\mathbb{R}^n$
Since b = Ax we can substitute it into the system Aw − by = 0 to get Aw − yAx = 0, i.e. A(w − xy ) = 0.
On a Linear Property of Bilinearly Defined Sets in $\mathbb{R}^n$
This indetermination is intrinsic to the problem of 2D turbulence and not really a flaw of our approach: there is no universal entropy S [ω ].
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
For two words, w and v , we write w ⊑0 v iff w = w′ aw′′ and v = w′ aaaw′′ for some letter a and some w′ , w′′ .
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms