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adjective awful pronunciation in British English /ˈɔːf(ə)l/
  1. 1
    used for emphasizing how unpleasant someone or something is
    This wine tastes awful.
    These awful people behind us talked all through the film.
    The smell was absolutely awful.
    He had the awful feeling that everyone was laughing at him.
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    1. a.
      very bad at doing something
      I’m awful at remembering names.
      He’s an awful actor.
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    2. b.
      very cruel or unkind
      They committed the most awful atrocities.
      That’s an awful thing to say.
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    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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noun [uncountable]


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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