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1. A feeling of respect or reverence mixed with dread and wonder, often inspired by something majestic or powerful: "There was a fierce purpose in the gale ... that seemed directed at him, and made him hold his breath in awe" (Joseph Conrad).
a. The power to inspire dread.
tr.v. awed, aw·ing, awes
To fill with awe: tourists who are awed by the ancient monument.
[Middle English aue, from Old Norse agi.]
wondering and respectful
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|Adj.||1.||awed - inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads"|
reverent - feeling or showing profound respect or veneration; "maintained a reverent silence"
|2.||awed - having or showing a feeling of mixed reverence and respect and wonder and dread; "stood in awed silence before the shrine"; "in grim despair and awestruck wonder"|
unawed - not awed