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adjective     awful pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    used for emphasizing how unpleasant someone or something is

    The smell was absolutely awful.

    This wine tastes awful.

    He had the awful feeling that everyone was laughing at him.

    These awful people behind us talked all through the movie.

    1. a.
      very bad at doing something

      I’m awful at remembering names.

      He’s an awful actor.

    2. b.
      very cruel or unkind

      That’s an awful thing to say.

      They committed the most awful atrocities.

    3. c.
      very serious or severe

      I was worried that something awful had happened to him.

  2. 2
    complete: used for emphasizing a particular quality

    I made an awful fool of myself last night, didn’t I?

    It’s an awful shame to waste all this good food.

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