awe

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From Old English eġe, influenced during Middle English by forms from the Old Norse cognate agi, both from Proto-Germanic *agaz.

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awe (uncountable)

  1. A feeling of fear and reverence.
  2. A feeling of amazement.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      For several minutes no one spoke; I think they must each have been as overcome by awe as was I. All about us was a flora and fauna as strange and wonderful to us as might have been those upon a distant planet had we suddenly been miraculously transported through ether to an unknown world.
    • 2012 March-April, Anna Lena Phillips, “Sneaky Silk Moths”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 172: 
      Last spring, the periodical cicadas emerged across eastern North America. Their vast numbers and short above-ground life spans inspired awe and irritation in humans—and made for good meals for birds and small mammals.

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awe (third-person singular simple present awes, present participle awing, simple past and past participle awed)

  1. (transitive) To inspire fear and reverence in.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 1/1/3, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      That large room had always awed Ivor: even as a child he had never wanted to play in it, for all that it was so limitless, the parquet floor so vast and shiny and unencumbered, the windows so wide and light with the fairy expanse of Kensington Gardens.
  2. (transitive) To control by inspiring dread.

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Mapudungun[edit]

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awe (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. quickly, promptly.
  2. soon

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  • Wixaleyiñ: Mapucezugun-wigkazugun pici hemvlcijka (Wixaleyiñ: Small Mapudungun-Spanish dictionary), Beretta, Marta; Cañumil, Dario; Cañumil, Tulio, 2008.

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awe

  1. yes