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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.

His solemn and pathetic exhortation awed and melted the bystanders.

  1. 1 Filled with awe. 2 Having or showing awe. v

  2. (en-past of: awe)

  1. adj. inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads" [syn: awful]

  2. having or showing a feeling of mixed reverence and respect and wonder and dread; "stood in awed silence before the shrine"; "in grim despair and awestruck wonder" [syn: awestruck, awestricken, in awe of] [ant: unawed]

Usage examples of "awed".

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.

Even in the exigency of the moment, Jim felt awed by her ruthlessness.

Then they gazed in awed silence as the dark mass of the cattle herds poured down the hills towards them.

He had nothing for it but to endeavour to be the first to convey the already-blown news to Sir John Peachy, sheriff for Kent: his pains were rewarded by his being detained prisoner as a suspected person, while Sir John mustered his yeomanry, and, together with the neighbouring gentry and their retainers, marched towards Hythe, The wavering people, awed by this show of legal and military power, grew cool towards the White Rose, whose name, linked to change and a diminution of taxation, had for a moment excited their enthusiasm.

Rosalind murmured in an awed tone, holding up the wriggling puppy and peering into his black button eyes.

He gazed down at her, awed by the love shining from her eyes as he was by all that she had risked for him today.