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1    abysmal, alarming, appalling, deplorable, dire, distressing, dreadful, fearful, frightful, from hell     (informal)   ghastly, godawful     (slang)   gruesome, harrowing, hellacious     (U.S. slang)   hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying, nasty, shocking, terrible, tremendous, ugly, unpleasant, unsightly  
2      (archaic)   amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, dread, fearsome, majestic, portentous, solemn  
1    amazing, brilliant, excellent, fabulous     (informal)   fantastic, great     (informal)   magnificent, marvellous, miraculous, sensational     (informal)   smashing     (informal)   super     (informal)   superb, terrific, tremendous, wonderful  
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1       adj   If you say that someone or something is awful, you dislike that person or thing or you think that they are not very good.   (=dreadful)     (Antonym: wonderful)    We met and I thought he was awful..., awful smell of paint..., Even if the weather's awful there's lots to do..., Jeans look awful on me.     
  awfulness      n-uncount  
The programme's awfulness has ensured it is talked about.     
2       adj   If you say that something is awful, you mean that it is extremely unpleasant, shocking, or bad.   (=horrific)  
Her injuries were massive. It was awful..., Some of their offences are so awful they would chill the blood.     
3       adj   If you look or feel awful, you look or feel ill.  
v-link ADJ   (=terrible)  
I hardly slept at all and felt pretty awful...     
4       adj   You can use awful with noun groups that refer to an amount in order to emphasize how large that amount is.  
ADJ n     (emphasis)    (=tremendous)  
I've got an awful lot of work to do.     
  awfully      adv   usu ADV adj/adv   (=terribly)  
Would you mind awfully waiting a bit, I'll be back right away.     
5       adv   You can use awful with adjectives that describe a quality in order to emphasize that particular quality.  
INFORMAL   ADV adj     (emphasis)    (=very)  
Gosh, you're awful pretty...     

god-awful      , godawful  
If someone says that something is god-awful, they think it is very unpleasant. This word could cause offence.  
INFORMAL      adj   usu ADJ n     (emphasis)   

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awfully, artful, awhile, adult

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