Awe is a feeling of fear that is mixed with respect and wonder. You might gaze at the Grand Canyon with awe, marveling at its beauty and fearing its depth.

  • Pronunciation: /ɔ/
  • English Description: an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
  • Synonyms: admiration
  • Chinese Translation: 敬畏(jing4 wei4)
  • Spanish Translation: el asombro
  • ORIGIN: Awe dates back to Middle English, and was borrowed from Old Norse, a Scandinavian language. In Middle English the word referred to intense fear. The related English word awful originally meant "full of or causing intense fear." And awesome, which originally meant "inspiring awe" now is used generally as a synonym for excellent.


  • The awed expression on my mother’s face was wonderful to see.
  • But just as often it gives rise to awe, wonder and amazement at what man, when he puts his mind to it, is capable of.

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