A'wful. adj. [from awe and full.]
- That which strikes with awe, or fills with reverence.
So awful, that with honour thou may'st love
Thy mate; who sees, when thou art seen least wise. Milt. Par. Lost, b. viii. l. 577.
I approach thee thus, and gaze
Insatiate; I thus single; nor have fear'd,
Thy awful brow, more awful thus retir'd,
Fairest resemblance of thy Maker fair! Milton's Paradise Lost, b. ix.
- Worshipful: in authority; invested with dignity. This sense is obsolete.
Know then, that some of us are gentlemen,
Such as the fury of ungovern'd youth
Thrust from the company of awful men. Shakesp. Two Gentlemen of Verona.
- Struck with awe; timorous; scrupulous. This sense occurs but rarely.
It is not nature and strict reason, but a weak and awful reverence for antiquity, and the vogue of fallible men. Watts's Improvement of the Mind.