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 for awful
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Awful \Aw"ful\, a.
     1. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as,
        an awful scene. "The hour of Nature's awful throes."
        --Hemans.
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     2. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with
        fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear;
        profoundly impressive.
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              Heaven's awful Monarch.               --Milton.
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     3. Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken. [Obs.]
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              A weak and awful reverence for antiquity. --I.
                                                    Watts.
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     4. Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding. [Obs.]
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              Thrust from the company of awful men. --Shak.
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     5. Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- applied intensively;
        as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster. [Slang]
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     Syn: See Frightful.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  awful
      adv 1: used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting"; "I'm awful
             sorry" [syn: terribly, awfully, awful,
             frightfully]
      adj 1: 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" [syn: atrocious, abominable, awful,
             dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable]
      2: 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" [syn: awful, dire,
         direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful,
         fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific,
         terrible]
      3: 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 [syn: nasty, awful] [ant: nice]
      4: inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence;
         "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads"
         [syn: awed, awful]
      5: extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a
         frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money" [syn:
         frightful, terrible, awful, tremendous]
      6: 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" [syn: amazing, awe-inspiring,
         awesome, awful, awing]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  193 Moby Thesaurus words for "awful":
     Babylonian, Corinthian, abominable, appalling, arrant, astounding,
     atrocious, august, awe-inspiring, awesome, awfully, awing, bad,
     baneful, barbaric, base, beastly, beneath contempt, big, bizarre,
     blameworthy, brutal, contemptible, crazy, damned, deadly, deluxe,
     deplorable, despicable, detestable, dire, direful, disgusting,
     divine, dread, dreaded, dreadful, eerie, egregious, elaborate,
     elegant, enormous, estimable, execrable, extravagant, extremely,
     fancy, fearful, fell, fetid, filthy, fine, flagrant, forbidding,
     formidable, foul, frightful, fulsome, ghastly, ghoulish, glorious,
     grand, grandiose, grave, greatly, grievous, grim, grisly, gross,
     grotesque, gruesome, hateful, heavenly, heinous, hideous, holy,
     honorable, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrific, horrifying,
     howling, hugely, imposing, impressive, ineffable, inenarrable,
     inexpressible, infamous, inferior, inviolable, inviolate,
     lamentable, loathsome, lousy, luxurious, macabre, magnificent,
     majestic, monstrous, morbid, mortally, moving, much, mysterious,
     nasty, nefarious, noble, noisome, notorious, numinous, obnoxious,
     odious, offensive, ominous, outrageous, palatial, pitiable,
     pitiful, plush, portentous, posh, princely, proud, rank,
     redoubtable, regrettable, religious, repelling, reprehensible,
     repugnant, repulsive, reverend, revolting, ritzy, rotten, rousing,
     sacred, sacrosanct, sad, scandalous, schlock, schrecklich, scurvy,
     serious, shabby, shameful, shocking, shoddy, solemn, sordid,
     spiritual, splendacious, splendid, splendiferous, squalid, stately,
     sumptuous, superb, superfancy, superfine, swank, swanky, swell,
     tasteless, terrible, terribly, terrific, thumping, time-honored,
     too bad, tragic, tremendous, ugly, uncanny, unclean, unpleasant,
     unsightly, unspeakable, untouchable, unutterable, venerable, vile,
     villainous, weird, whacking, whopping, woeful, worshipful, worst,
     worthless, wretched
  
  

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