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awe

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
shock and awe
stand in awe of sb (=admire them, be afraid of them, or both)
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ VERB
feel
▪ He felt genuine awe at this superhuman man, at once so puissant, so self-possessed, so monomaniac in his demeanour.
▪ Some one caught sight of them, saw their inner beauty and felt the awe in them and in awe of them.
▪ Breathless with excitement, Meredith scanned the stretch of stunning palaces which lined the canal, feeling a sense of awe.
▪ Some one you felt a little in awe of and wanted to hug at the same time.
▪ Homer says that he felt awe to slay a man who had been taught his divine art by the gods.
gaze
▪ Ruth gazed about her in awe.
▪ They gazed in awe at the hive of activity against the muted background clack of typewriter and word processor keyboards.
hold
▪ They held Grimma in awe because of the way she shouted at the men and read better than anyone.
▪ That they are prepared to take on board such a past, one must hold in awe.
▪ The villagers hold them in awe and think of them as men of the world.
inspire
▪ His replacement, Sanath Jayasuriya is a man of impressive dignity, who inspires devotion rather than awe from his players.
▪ The megaliths command our attention, inspiring us with awe and curiousity.
▪ One of Baldwin's weaknesses in dealing with his colleagues was that, at least until after 1931, he inspired no awe.
▪ The fair inspired awe and pride and reverence.
▪ Far from inspiring individualism, or egoism, the act should inspire awe, humility.
▪ The scenery inspires awe and apprehension and fear even on a summer day; in stormy conditions, the effect is frightening.
▪ It has always inspired awe and wonderment.
look
▪ From a high dune vantage point one can only look in awe at the purple dappled carpet spread out below.
regard
▪ No wonder prime ministers treated him as their equal, and lesser mortals on the political scene regarded him with awe.
▪ It is, of course, regarded with mystical awe by all who see it.
▪ Terry seemed to regard it with awe and wonder, Ellie thought it was desperate, morbid, the stuff of nightmares.
stand
▪ The rest of us might also stand in awe of his season.
▪ Most people stand in awe of these agglomerations of power, admit their inability to fight them, and submit.
▪ Mahmoud stood a little in awe of Zeinab.
▪ Excommunication also remained out of the question because much of the Church membership stood in awe of these exploits.
▪ They stood in fascinated awe as the immense panelled surface slid past.
▪ They stood in awe of her and they did just what she bade them.
▪ And how do I face those persons before whom you stand in fear and awe?
▪ In the time of hunting and gathering, humans stood in awe of beasts.
watch
▪ Tallis watched the winter with awe.
▪ Dinah prays aloud all the way, the crowds watching her in awe.
▪ A businessman walking to his car was struck by lightning and critically injured as co-workers watched in awe.
▪ David watched in awe and mounting panic as she unsheathed her beauty.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be struck with horror/terror/awe etc
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ I felt the wonder and awe of the first European explorers who looked at the mountain.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Around Salomon no tone but awe was used when he was discussed.
▪ Gillette turned to me in awe.
▪ I felt a peculiar apprehension, and sensed the woodland spirits of which Mme Guérigny lived in awe.
▪ It made me shiver with a mixture of awe and anticipation.
▪ Most people stand in awe of these agglomerations of power, admit their inability to fight them, and submit.
▪ That they are prepared to take on board such a past, one must hold in awe.
▪ The shape must be observed, and understood, and joined in an act of awe and worship.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ You can't help but be awed by the wonderful Alaskan scenery.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He never fails to awe me with his ability to paint a word portrait worthy of a museum that charges admission.
Wikipedia

AWE (TV network)

AWE (formerly Wealth TV) is a United States-based lifestyle and entertainment cable network privately held by Herring Broadcasting. The network operates several domestic and international television feeds. The network's primary production facilities and corporate headquarters are located in San Diego, California. It is featured on numerous providers including Google Fiber and Charter Communications. It partnered with the The Washington Times in order to provide a 24-hour cable news network called the One America News Network.

The network has faced some controversies in its past; WealthTV CEO Robert Herring involved himself in the Terri Schiavo case and due to his belief that she could be cured, offered her husband $1 million to cede guardianship to her parents. He later produced a documentary hosted by anchor Brian Christie, and came under fire due to his lack of disclosure with respect to his involvement in it.

Awe (disambiguation)

Awe is an emotion of respectful wonder.

AWE or awe may also refer to:

Awe

Awe is an emotion comparable to wonder but less joyous. On Robert Plutchik's wheel of emotions awe is modeled as a combination of surprise and fear.

One dictionary definition is "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." Another dictionary definition is a "mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might: We felt awe when contemplating the works of Bach. The observers were in awe of the destructive power of the new weapon."

In general, awe is directed at objects considered to be more powerful than the subject, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Grand Canyon, or the vastness of the cosmos.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Awe

Awe \Awe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Awed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Awing.] To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread.

That same eye whose bend doth awe the world.
--Shak.

His solemn and pathetic exhortation awed and melted the bystanders.
--Macaulay.

Awe

Awe \Awe\ ([add]), n. [OE. a[yogh]e, aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege, [=o]ga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear, Gr. 'a`chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail.

  1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect. [Obs. or Obsolescent]

    His frown was full of terror, and his voice Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe.
    --Cowper.

  2. The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence.

    There is an awe in mortals' joy, A deep mysterious fear.
    --Keble.

    To tame the pride of that power which held the Continent in awe.
    --Macaulay.

    The solitude of the desert, or the loftiness of the mountain, may fill the mind with awe -- the sense of our own littleness in some greater presence or power.
    --C. J. Smith.

    To stand in awe of, to fear greatly; to reverence profoundly.

    Syn: See Reverence.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

awe

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

awe

c.1300, aue, "fear, terror, great reverence," earlier aghe, c.1200, from a Scandinavian source, such as Old Norse agi "fright;" from Proto-Germanic *agiz- (cognates: Old English ege "fear," Old High German agiso "fright, terror," Gothic agis "fear, anguish"), from PIE *agh-es- (cognates: Greek akhos "pain, grief"), from root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid" (see ail). Current sense of "dread mixed with admiration or veneration" is due to biblical use with reference to the Supreme Being. To stand in awe (early 15c.) originally was simply to stand awe. Awe-inspiring is recorded from 1814.\n\nAl engelond of him stod awe.\n

["The Lay of Havelok the Dane," c.1300]

WordNet

awe

  1. n. an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration; "he stared over the edge with a feeling of awe"

  2. a profound emotion inspired by a deity; "the fear of God" [syn: fear, reverence, veneration]

awe

v. inspire awe in; "The famous professor awed the undergraduates"

Wiktionary

awe

n. A feeling of fear and reverence. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To inspire fear and reverence in. 2 (context transitive English) To control by inspiring dread.

Usage examples of "awe".

He was awed at meeting Academician Georgi Markov a world-famous scientist.

I was too awestruck to know fear, too adulatory in my awe, but I knew the open area of the beach was not safe, and I hurried away from Espinal and the motionless column of blackhearts.

The most ignorant and stupid Aenean stands in some awe of those who are learned.

As she turned to Alec, frozen in awe beside her, he saw the startling blue of her eyes, the flush of healthy color in her cheeks.

Chatti men believed there resided in women an element of holiness and a gift of prophecy, which explained why Freyja and Anomia were held in awe.

The ways in which my many non-scientist friends and colleagues often regard me as a laboratory scientist -with incomprehension and awe, tinged, I sometimes feel, with faint patronage - engendered in me the idea of a sort of apologia for laboratory life.

Engineer Tcud and Arbitrator Ranz stood slightly behind him, eyeballing the humans in awe.

Rupert stared at the Armoury doors, and felt his flesh creep with something that was neither fear nor awe, but some strange mixing of the two.

And, Marzio, because thou wast only awed By that which made me tremble, wear thou this!

We stood awed, watching that poor, pale face, on every line of which was written stunned, motionless, impassive grief.

Sometimes, of an evening, we sit for hours on this bench, she and I, talking of what we ought to do, and how we ought to rear the little thing, until we fall into silence, awed at the blessing that is coming to us.

Perhaps this very feeling, distinct from, and far beyond, all personal indignation, all sense of offended dignity, made the anger strangely brief--so brief, that when the other children, awed and startled, looked for some ebullition of it--lo!

In its stead was something at which the children, more awed still, crept out of the room.

In such services the condottieri were eminent, and in these, where plunder always followed success, their characters acquired a mixture of intrepidity and profligacy, which awed even those whom they served.

No one, however, but himself, was in these chambers, and, leaving open the doors, through which he passed, he came again to the great drawing-room, whose spaciousness and silent gloom somewhat awed him.