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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.
I'm awful at remembering names.
He's an awful actor.
That's an awful thing to say.
They committed the most awful atrocities.
I was worried that something awful had happened to him.
I made an awful fool of myself last night, didn't I?
It's an awful shame to waste all this good food.
There were an awful lot of people just standing around.
I feel awful about not inviting her.
She said she had a sore throat and was feeling awful.
What's wrong? You look awful.
I don't like these curtains. They look awful.
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English version of definition of awful
the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology
an occasion when a lot of people gather together, especially for a religious festival
any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat
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American definition of awful from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.