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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
a small digital image … which is used in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts
a thin high heel on a woman's shoe
to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing
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American definition of awful from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.