English Synonyms and Antonyms
Awful should not be used of things which are merely disagreeable or annoying, nor of all that are alarming and terrible, but only of such as bring a solemn awe upon the soul, as in the presence of a superior power; as, the awful hush before the battle. That which is awful arouses an oppressive, that which is august an admiring reverence; we speak of the august presence of a mighty monarch, the awful presence of death. We speak of an exalted station, a grand mountain, an imposing presence, a majestic cathedral, a noble mien, a solemn litany, a stately march, an august assembly, the awful scene of the Judgment Day.
fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
"a desperate illness"; "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- G.C.Marshall; "a dire emergency"
awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terribleadjective
causing fear or dread or terror
"the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
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The engraved shapes depict a straight line going to the center of an arc, about 15 such engravings were documented on the ceiling of the dolmen, spread out in a kind of arc along the ceiling. SCIENTISTS ISSUE DIRE WARNING ABOUT TOMB OF JESUS.
Issues such as testing potential jurors, social distancing considerations during jury assembly, voir dire, jury deliberations and many others are being considered.
This is just a really dire and critical situation.
This shows us that the kind of dire scenarios that we've been preparing for and hoping would not happen are here now.
The projections are dire, our capacity is already severely strained, but these increases will overwhelm the system entirely. This is not a' manufactured' crisis. This is truly an emergency.
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- страшен, ужасен, зловещBulgarian
- ildevarslende, skrækkelig, ondskabsfuldDanish
- händeringend, entsetzlich, böse, schrecklich, schlimm, düster, verzweifelt, fürchterlich, furchtbar, fatal, fürchterlich dringendGerman
- Maligno, de mal agüero, portentoso, terribleSpanish
- kauhea, kamala, pahaenteinen, hirveäFinnish
- extrême, terrible, funeste, sinistreFrench
- tremendo, tragico, terribile, catastroficoItalian
- vreselijk, onheilspellend, omineus, sinister, verschrikkelijk, gevaarlijkDutch
- illevarslende, skummel, ondskapsfull, skrekkeligNorwegian
- poważny, strasznyPolish
- terrível, horrível, adoentadoPortuguese
- жуткий, ужасный, страшный, зловещийRussian
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