Definition of awfulness in English:


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  • 1The state of being very bad or unpleasant.

    ‘the chili and pineapple relish did manage to mask the awfulness of the deep-fried brie’
    • ‘Maybe their titles were inspired by the mind-blowing awfulness of some people's cooking.’
    • ‘A sequel's awfulness is proportional to the amount by which the budget of the second exceeds that of the first.’
    • ‘All of this awfulness is laid directly on the dingy doorstep of the writer/director.’
    • ‘One thing that hasn't changed over the years is the awfulness of the cover photo.’
    • ‘For some reason, the amount of awfulness given off by this film never seems to affect you directly.’
    • ‘Many other critics and many, many dance lovers can no longer bear to watch the awfulness of his work.’
    • ‘He is certainly not above getting laughs out of the sheer awfulness of his characters' tastes and habits.’
    • ‘One must note the enduring awfulness of the hotels in general.’
    • ‘Here's the report on the awfulness poor consumers must suffer with this new device.’
    • ‘It's awfulness is matched only by its lack of originality.’
    1. 1.1The shocking or horrific nature of something.
      ‘the awfulness of his crime’
      • ‘The awfulness of it is it's not like any other disease.’
      • ‘The unspeakable awfulness of September 11 affected stock markets across the world and gutted the international aviation industry.’
      • ‘He was afraid of being caught before he could accomplish his purpose, but behind this was a vaguer but larger fear of the awfulness of his crime.’
      • ‘He manages to keep a slightly sinister edge to the role, while never losing sight of the awfulness of Sy's situation.’
      • ‘Spots of silver dance on the sea, and it almost makes me forget the awfulness of the past few days, though I'm worn out from crying.’
      • ‘They said they wanted to organize a 'quiet day' where we could meet together and think and pray about the awfulness of the nuclear bomb.’
      • ‘You get lots of newsreel showing you the awfulness of the regime in the twenties, and the vim and vigor of New York and Hollywood in the same era.’
      • ‘Upon returning to earth, Dr. Evil learns that his empire of awfulness has gone legit.’
      • ‘I struggle for anything sensible to say on the awfulness of the deaths.’
      • ‘So wittingly or not, these corporations are helping to prop up a government notorious for its sheer awfulness and brutality.’



/ˈôfəlnəs/ /ˈɔfəlnəs/