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awfulness

Definition:

a quality of extreme unpleasantness

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Related to:

awful

Plural:

awfulnesses

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

see awe, -ful
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

awfulness | awful | dreadfulness [synonym, sense-specific] | unpleasant [synonym, sense-specific] | reverential [synonym, sense-specific]

dreadfulness; poor quality | very bad; unpleasant | [archaic] inspiring reverence or dread | [archaic] overcome with awe; reverential | [not standard] ... (18 of 459 words, 5 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/awfulness

Macmillan British Dictionary:

awful | feel awful | look awful | awfulness [noun, uncountable, related]

used for emphasizing how unpleasant someone or something is ; very bad at doing something ; very cruel or unkind ; very serious or severe | complete: ... (26 of 170 words, 6 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/awful

Wikipedia:

Awful [disambiguation]

means extremely unpleasant, or of poor quality; also amazing, full of awe, awe-inspiring, awesome Awful may also mean: "Awful" (song), a 1999 single by the band Hole | Awful Orphan, a 1949 cartoon | Awful Gardner, a notorious gambler | Awful End, a... (40 of 142 words, 11 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Awful

Oxford Dictionary:

awful | an awful lot | horrific [synonym, sense-specific] | awfully [synonym, sense-specific] | very [synonym, sense-specific] | awfulness [derived]

very bad or unpleasant | extremely shocking; horrific | [persons] very unwell or troubled | [attributive] : used to emphasize the extent of something, ... (21 of 139 words, 8 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/awful

American Heritage Dictionary:

awful | awfully [adverb, related] | awfulness [noun, related]

Extremely bad or unpleasant; terrible | Commanding awe | Filled with awe, especially: Filled with or displaying great reverence. | [obsolete] Afraid. ... (19 of 91 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/awful

Cambridge Dictionary:

awful [entry 1] | awfulness [noun, derived]

extremely bad or unpleasant (4 of 62 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/awful 1

New World Dictionary:

awful | awfulness [noun, related]

inspiring awe; highly impressive | causing fear; terrifying | dreadful; appalling | full of awe; reverential | very bad, ugly, unpleasant, etc. | ... (18 of 41 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/awful

Wiktionary:

awfulness | dreadfulness [synonym, sense-specific] | solemnity [synonym, sense-specific]

The quality of striking with awe, or with reverence; dreadfulness; solemnity; as, the awfulness of this sacred place. | The state of being struck with awe; a spirit of solemnity; profound reverence. (31 of 32 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/awfulness

Random House Dictionary:

unpleasantness

the quality or state of being unpleasant. | something that is displeasing or offensive, as an experience, event, or situation. | an unpleasant feeling ... (22 of 43 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/unpleasantness

Merriam-Webster:

unpleasantness

the quality or state of being unpleasant | an unpleasant situation, experience, or event (13 of 26 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/unpleasantness

Encarta Dictionary:

dreadful | dreadfulness [noun, derived]

extremely unpleasant, harmful, or serious in its effects | extreme in character or degree | inspiring awe (literary) | very good or pleasing (slang) ... (21 of 57 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861606495​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

awfulness | awful

First use: 13th century

Origin: see awe, -ful

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/awfulness

Wiktionary:

awfulness

Origin: awful + -ness

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/awfulness

awful

Origin: awe + -ful.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/awful

-ness

Origin: Middle English, from Old English -nis, -nes ("-ness"), from Proto-Germanic *-nassuz ("-ness"), alteration (by false division) of -n- (adjective and verbal terminating consonant) + Proto-Germanic *-assuz ("-ness")... (27 of 45 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ness

Audio references

Cambridge Dictionary:

awful [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "awfulness"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "awfulness"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/awful 1

the Free Dictionary:

awfulness

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "awfulness"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "awfulness"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/awfulness

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

awfulness

Audio: North American pronunciation of "awfulness"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=awful​003 word=awfulness

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