Definition: terrible; very bad
Definition: terrible; very bad
Sentences Containing 'awful'
There was something awful in his unconsciousness of the figure that could have put out its hand and touched him as he stooped over his labor.
Whatever tools they worked with, they worked hard, until the awful striking of the church clock so terrified Young Jerry, that he made off, with his hair as stiff as his father's.
And it was now, about little Lucie's sixth birthday, that they began to have an awful sound, as of a great storm in France with a dreadful sea rising.
But, such awful workers, and such awful work!
He walked on the other side of it and protected it to the courtyard of the house where the afflicted heart so happy in the memorable time when he had revealed his own desolate heart to it outwatched the awful night.
As the smoke cleared, leaving an awful stillness, it passed out on the air, like the soul of the furious woman whose body lay lifeless on the ground.
I declare I do not know a more awful object than Darcy, on particular occasions, and in particular places; at his own house especially, and of a Sunday evening, when he has nothing to do.''
At the height of that movement line drawing went out of fashion, and charcoal, and an awful thing called a stump, took the place of the point in the schools.
But what an awful deathlike stillness is felt when the curtain is drawn aside.
Nothing is more awful than shadows darker in the middle and gradually lighter towards their edges.
In contrast with the awful sublimity of this figure of Death, how touching is the expression of the little figure of Love, trying vainly to stop the inevitable advance.
If that hill didn't change its shape on bad nights there would be an awful steamboat grave yard around here inside of a year.'
The awful crash was imminent why didn't that villain come!
Then that young girl said to me`Oh, how awful to have to go out in that little boat on such a night!
He could not escape his debtor and his debtor's awful sufferings on account of not being able to pay.
This silence became more and more awful, more and more ominous, every moment.
Seven Sundays, and all of them broken up at one time or another, in the day or in the night, by a few hours of the awful storm of fire and thunder and iron.
I fled to the surface and told the awful news.
It must be an awful thing to have a railroad left on your hands.
It is the insect with black claws, and the awful word which I wish to retain in my imagination in all its purity and all its importance.''
There she must always be; and to marry Mademoiselle Danglars would be awful.''
said the count mysteriously, his eyes fixed on the corpse, disfigured by so awful a death.
``If you have seen all, madame, you know that the son of Fernand has publicly insulted me,''said Monte Cristo with awful calmness.
A dull, gloomy silence, like that which precedes some awful phenomenon of nature, pervaded the assembly, who shuddered in dismay.
Again, she bade me fling myself into the cavern of Cabra--an unparalleled and awful peril--and bring her a minute account of all that is concealed in those gloomy depths.
I don't know how long I was asleep, but all of a sudden there was an awful scream and I was up.
Says I--" I broke in and says: "They're in an awful peck of trouble, and--" "WHO is?"
Jim was awful disappointed, but I said never mind, Cairo would be the next place, I reckoned.
We got there in about a half an hour fairly dripping, for it was a most awful hot day.
She was about sixteen, and very sweet and gentle looking, but awful pale and scared.
And--but never mind the rest of his outfit; it was just wild, but it was awful funny.
We want to be awful square and open and above-board here, you know.
Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences to me.
So I never stopped running till I found the canoe; and when I got here I told Jim to hurry, or they'd catch me and hang me yet, and said I was afeard you and the duke wasn't alive now, and I was awful sorry, and so was Jim, and was awful glad when we see you coming; you may ask Jim if I didn't."
There was something positively awful to me in this, and in the brightness of her eyes, as she said, looking fixedly at me: 'What is he doing?'
said my aunt to Peggotty, who quailed before her awful presence.
I cannot describe how it relieved me to think that it had escaped the awful fate to which it seemed destined.
If those awful solitudes had spoken to my heart, I did not know it.
It was the way it was in Bellefield earlier in the year, a game that was talked about an awful lot.
In a phone call to the station, Gelb called the piece "awful and nasty."
In addition, Abbott wrote about how awful a place the South was to live in comparison to the idealistic North.
A number of songs were recorded that did not feature on the final release, as the band considered them "awful".
‘twas awful to see how the afflicted persons were agitated”.
The Underearth is a place of fantastic, awful, sorcerous beauty and wonder.
I hated Reagan's gutting of people's civil rights I thought everything he stood for was awful."
Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion
It was released on the album Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion.
'I think about toilets a lot,' she tells us, 'and how awful it must be to "be" a toilet.'
In the book he described the fight with the raven as the "most awful duel" that he ever had.
By far the least awful of the early thrillers."
More Vocab Wordssuspense - state of being undecided; anxiety or apprehension resulting from uncertainty
intransigence - refusal of any compromise; stubbornness; ADJ. intransigent: uncompromising
alloy - mixture as of metals; something added that lowers in value or purity; V: mix; make less pure; lower in value or quality; spoil; CF. unalloyed: not in mixture with other maetals; pure; complete; unqualified; Ex. unalloyed happiness
nihilist - one who considers traditional beliefs to be groundless and existence meaningless; absolute skeptic; revolutionary terrorist; CF. nihilism: belief that nothing has meaning or value; belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
promulgate - announce; proclaim a doctrine or law; make known by official publication
dumbfound - (dumfound) astonish (making dumb); ADJ. dumbfounded, dumfounded, dumbstruck
marred - damaged; disfigured; V. mar: spoil; disfigure
slavish - of or like a slave; servile; showing no originality; copied very closely; Ex. slavish devotion/copy of the original
loiter - hang about/around; stand idly about; linger
venial - (of a fault or sin) forgivable; trivial