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Awful vs. Terrific

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Awfuladjective

Very bad.

‘My socks smell awful.’; ‘We saw such an awful film last night that we left the theater before the end.’;

Terrificadjective

(colloquial) Frighteningly good.

‘I say! She's a terrific tennis player.’;

Awfuladjective

Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively.

‘an awful bonnet’; ‘I have learnt an awful amount today.’;

Terrificadjective

(colloquial) Astounding or awesome.

‘The car came round the bend at a terrific speed.’;

Awfuladjective

Causing fear or horror; appalling, terrible.

Terrificadjective

(dated) Terrifying; causing terror.

‘The lightning was followed by a terrific clap of thunder.’;

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Awfuladjective

Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive.

Terrificadjective

Frightful or very unpleasant.

‘I've got a terrific hangover this morning.’;

Awfuladjective

Struck or filled with awe.

Terrificadjective

(colloquial) Extraordinarily great or intense.

‘terrific speed’;

Awfuladjective

(obsolete) Terror-stricken.

Terrificadjective

Causing terror; adapted to excite great fear or dread; terrible; as, a terrific form; a terrific sight.

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Awfuladjective

Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.

Terrificadjective

very great or intense;

‘a terrific noise’; ‘a terrific thunderstorm storm’; ‘fought a terrific battle’;

Awfuladverb

Very, extremely.

‘That's an awful big house.’; ‘She seemed awful nice when I met her yesterday.’;

Terrificadjective

extraordinarily good; used especially as intensifiers;

‘a fantastic trip to the Orient’; ‘the film was fantastic!’; ‘a howling success’; ‘a marvelous collection of rare books’; ‘had a rattling conversation about politics’; ‘a tremendous achievement’;

Awfuladjective

Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene.

Terrificadjective

causing extreme terror;

‘a terrifying wail’;

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Awfuladjective

Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.

‘Heaven's awful Monarch.’;

Awfuladjective

Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken.

‘A weak and awful reverence for antiquity.’;

Awfuladjective

Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.

‘Thrust from the company of awful men.’;

Awfuladjective

Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; - applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster.

Awfuladjective

exceptionally bad or displeasing;

‘atrocious taste’; ‘abominable workmanship’; ‘an awful voice’; ‘dreadful manners’; ‘a painful performance’; ‘terrible handwriting’; ‘an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room’;

Awfuladjective

causing fear or dread or terror;

‘the awful war’; ‘an awful risk’; ‘dire news’; ‘a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked’; ‘the dread presence of the headmaster’; ‘polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was’; ‘a dreadful storm’; ‘a fearful howling’; ‘horrendous explosions shook the city’; ‘a terrible curse’;

Awfuladjective

offensive or even (of persons) malicious;

‘in a nasty mood’; ‘a nasty accident’; ‘a nasty shock’; ‘a nasty smell’; ‘a nasty trick to pull’; ‘Will he say nasty things at my funeral?’;

Awfuladjective

inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence;

‘awed by the silence’; ‘awful worshippers with bowed heads’;

Awfuladjective

inspiring awe or admiration or wonder;

‘New York is an amazing city’; ‘the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight’; ‘the awesome complexity of the universe’; ‘this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath’; ‘Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent’;

Awfuladverb

used as intensifiers;

‘terribly interesting’; ‘I'm awful sorry’;

Awfuladjective

very bad or unpleasant

‘an awful speech’; ‘the place smelled awful’; ‘I look awful in a swimsuit’;

Awfuladjective

extremely shocking; horrific

‘awful, bloody images’;

Awfuladjective

(of a person) very unwell or troubled

‘I felt awful for being so angry with him’; ‘you look awful—you should go and lie down’;

Awfuladjective

used to emphasize the extent of something, especially something unpleasant or negative

‘I've made an awful fool of myself’;

Awfuladjective

inspiring reverential wonder or fear.

Awfuladverb

awfully; very

‘we're an awful long way from the motorway’;

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