Aw"ful (?), a.
Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene.
"The hour of Nature's awful
Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
Heaven's awful Monarch.
Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken.
A weak and awful reverence for antiquity.
Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
Thrust from the company of awful men.
Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster.
Syn. -- See Frightful.
© Webster 1913.