- Dread; great fear mingled with respect.(Obs. or Obsolescent)"His frown was full of terror, and his voice Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe." [Cowper.]
- The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence."There is an awe in mortals' joy,
A deep mysterious fear." [Keble.]"To tame the pride of that power which held the Continent in awe." [Macaulay.]"The solitude of the desert, or the loftiness of the mountain, may fill the mind with awethe sense of our own littleness in some greater presence or power." [C. J. Smith.]synonyms: See Reverence.
Etymology: OE. aȝe aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege ōga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear, Gr. 'a`chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail. √3. Cf. Ugly