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causing awe; spectacular; magnificent:
an awe-inspiring cathedral; an awe-inspiring sunset.
Contemporary Examples

John Luther Adams lives up to the title of his composition, capturing an oceanic torrent of sound in an awe-inspiring performance.
The Best Albums of 2014 Ted Gioia December 12, 2014

“It was awe-inspiring to watch them even though we were opposed to them,” Bossie recalls of Team Obama during the campaign.
Clinton Nemesis Now After Obama Benjamin Sarlin September 29, 2010

The awe-inspiring artist is the side of Roger Federer the public has always seemed to know.
Federer Breaks His Silence Joshua Robinson September 5, 2010

Throughout human history, for instance, the night sky has offered a taste of transcendence with its awe-inspiring beauty.
Is Light Pollution the Easiest Environmental Problem to Fix? Mindy Farabee July 16, 2013

Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood “Original and awe-inspiring.”
Audrey Niffenegger’s Book Picks Audrey Niffenegger July 6, 2009

Historical Examples

Therefore his presence in the Panhellenic temple was peculiarly appropriate and awe-inspiring.
Studies of the Greek Poets (Vol I of 2) John Addington Symonds

The confidant, oddly, was a picture in the silent, awe-inspiring company-room.
The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell

How awe-inspiring seems the answer to this question, when we think upon it seriously!
John L. Stoddard’s Lectures, Vol. 10 (of 10) John L. Stoddard

Altogether, the scene is full of strange, awe-inspiring beauty.
Lippincott’s Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878 Various

The old cashier, surrounded by his lieutenants, has a businesslike, awe-inspiring air.
Fromont and Risler, Complete Alphonse Daudet

causing or worthy of admiration or respect; amazing or magnificent


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