atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable(adj)
exceptionally bad or displeasing
"atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible(adj)
causing fear or dread or terror
"the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
offensive or even (of persons) malicious
"in a nasty mood"; "a nasty accident"; "a nasty shock"; "a nasty smell"; "a nasty trick to pull"; "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- Ezra Pound
inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
"awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads"
frightful, terrible, awful, tremendous(adj)
extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
"in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"
amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, awing(adverb)
inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
"New York is an amazing city"; "the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight"; "the awesome complexity of the universe"; "this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath"- Melville; "Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent"
terribly, awfully, awful, frightfully(adverb)
used as intensifiers
"terribly interesting"; "I'm awful sorry"
Very, extremely; as, an awful big house.
Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible.
Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive.
Struck or filled with awe.
Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively.
My socks smell awful.
oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene
inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive
struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken
worshipful; reverential; law-abiding
frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster
"Awful" is the twelfth single, and also third EP, by American alternative rock band Hole, from their third studio album Celebrity Skin. Released in April 1999 by Geffen Records as a CD single, the song's lyrics explore how the media and modern pop culture corrupt young girls and how they should rebel against this. The line "swing low, sweet cherry" in the song is an allusion to the African American spiritual hymn, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
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Rank popularity for the word 'awful' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4137
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Rank popularity for the word 'awful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #873
Rank popularity for the word 'awful' in Adjectives Frequency: #431
The numerical value of awful in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of awful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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- horrorósCatalan, Valencian
- furchtbar, schrecklichGerman
- terrible, atroz, horribleSpanish
- karmea, hämmästynyt, kaamea, kamala, hämmästyttävä, hirvittävä, hirveä, mahtava, kauhistuttava, jumalaapelkäävä, kauhea, lainkuuliainenFinnish
- épouvantable, horrible, terribleFrench
- sgriosailScottish Gaelic
- grusom, forferdeligNorwegian
- hóyééʼNavajo, Navaho
- horrível, temível, medonho, terrível, apavorante, péssimoPortuguese
- oribil, impresionant, îngrozitor, teribil, înfiorător, atroceRomanian
- устрашающий, ужасающий, ужасныйRussian
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