Awed



filled with or expressing awe.
an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like:
in awe of God; in awe of great political figures.
Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.
Obsolete. fear or dread.
to inspire with awe.
to influence or restrain by awe.
Contemporary Examples

I am awed by the resilience of these people whose sexual identities are literally a matter of life and death.
Out and Proud in El Salvador’s Murderous Gangland Gene Robinson July 12, 2014

Iran was awed by the majesty of the Shahanshah, the king of kings, and thought it was at the zenith of greatness.
Use Islam to End the Iranian Regime Nazee Moinian June 23, 2009

The couple appeared so awed by the rock that it left them feeling somewhat speechless.
Will and Kate Recall Charles and Di At Ayer’s Rock Tom Sykes April 21, 2014

There, she too was awed by the African female delegation, just as I would be years later.
Red, White, and Muslim Asma Gull Hasan February 25, 2009

Cronkite the correspondent may have been awed, but Cronkite the human being knew enough not to get too close.
The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day Timothy M. Gay June 5, 2012

Historical Examples

awed by his power and his sternness, the parents yielded her to his will.
Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Caeri was awed by the noble and fearless manner of the stranger.
Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

He had done him many kindnesses, but he had awed Donald with his shipboard severity.
The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace

And now again she spoke in almost awed tones of my “deepness.”
Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson

Then they rested with awed admiration on the face of a great winged angel stooping with outstretched hand.
The Dust of Conflict David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

noun
overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
(archaic) power to inspire fear or reverence
verb
(transitive) to inspire with reverence or dread
n.

c.1300, earlier aghe, c.1200, from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse agi “fright;” from Proto-Germanic *agiz- (cf. Old English ege “fear,” Old High German agiso “fright, terror,” Gothic agis “fear, anguish”), from PIE *agh-es- (cf. Greek akhos “pain, grief”), from root *agh- “to be depressed, be afraid” (see ail). Current sense of “dread mixed with veneration” is due to biblical use with reference to the Supreme Being. Awe-inspiring is recorded from 1814.
v.

c.1300, from awe (n.); Old English had egan (v.). Related: Awed; awing.

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