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Awe is an emotion comparable to wonder [1] but less joyous, and more fearful or respectful. A person may feel wonder or joy while seeing a large rainbow, but typically a person does not feel in awe of a rainbow. In general awe is directed at objects considered to be more powerful than the subject, such as the breaking of huge waves on the base of a rocky cliff, or the thundering roar of a massive waterfall[2]. The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Grand Canyons, or the vastness of open space in the cosmos are all places or concepts which would typically inspire awe. Awe is defined in Robert Plutchik's Wheel of emotions[3] as a combination of surprise and fear.

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Notes and references

  1. ^ http://faculty.virginia.edu/haidtlab/articles/keltner.approaching-awe.pdf
  2. ^ Cf. Edmund Burke "And it may be observed, that young persons, little acquainted with the world, and who have not been used to approach men in power, are commonly struck with an awe which takes away the free use of their faculties." A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Part II, Section V.
  3. ^ Plutchik, Robert. "The Nature of emotions". http://www.fractal.org/Bewustzijns-Besturings-Model/Nature-of-emotions.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-17.  
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Wiktionary

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English

Etymology

Old English eġe, influenced during Middle English by forms from the Old Norse cognate agi.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
awe

Plural
uncountable

awe (uncountable)

  1. A feeling of fear and reverence.
  2. A feeling of amazement.

Translations

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Derived terms

Verb

Infinitive
to awe

Third person singular
awes

Simple past
awed

Past participle
awed

Present participle
awing

to awe (third-person singular simple present awes, present participle awing, simple past and past participle awed)

  1. (transitive) To inspire fear and reverence.
  2. (transitive) To control by inspiring dread.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of aew
  • eaw

Mapudungun

Adverb

awe (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. quickly, promptly.
  2. soon

Synonyms


Western Arrernte

Pronunciation

Interjection

awe

  1. yes

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