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awful

aw·ful

awful

 
 
pronunciation:
aw fl
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: very bad; inferior.
They did an awful job of repairing my car.My grades were awful last semester.
synonyms:
dreadful, lousy, pathetic, poor, terrible, wretched
antonyms:
average, excellent, marvelous
similar words:
abysmal, almighty, atrocious, bad, dismal, ghastly, inadequate, inferior, jerry-built, mean, miserable, second-rate, shoddy, slipshod, worthless
definition 2: extremely unpleasant.
There was an awful storm last night.There was an awful smell coming from the garbage.
synonyms:
dreadful, nasty
antonyms:
wonderful
similar words:
atrocious, horrible, lousy, miserable, terrible, unpleasant
definition 3: causing a feeling of awe.
The explosion was an awful sight.
synonyms:
awesome, dread, formidable, portentous, redoubtable, sublime
similar words:
affecting, dreadful, fearsome, ghastly, horrendous, horrific, imposing, impressive, majestic, moving, ominous, overwhelming, solemn, striking, terrible, tremendous, venerable, wonderful
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part of speech: adverb
definition: (informal) very; extremely.
This was awful good pie!
synonyms:
awfully, extremely, terribly, very
similar words:
uncommonly
derivation: awfulness (n.)
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