A Dictionary of the English Language
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Awfulness

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A'wfulness. n.s. [from awful.]

  1. The quality of striking with awe; solemnity.

    These objects naturally raise seriousness; and night heightens the awfulness of the place, and pours out her supernumerary horrours upon every thing. Addison. Spect. № 110.

  2. The state of being struck with awe.

    An help to prayer, producing in us reverence and awfulness to the divine nature of God. Taylor's Rule of living holy.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Spectator (140) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Awfulness." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 20, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15116.


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