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Synonyms for awfulness

a quality of extreme unpleasantness

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When he told me, I will own I did not realize all the awfulness of your position.
Certainly, if the meteor kindled up the sky, and disclosed the earth, with an awfulness that admonished Hester Prynne and the clergyman of the day of judgment, then might Roger Chillingworth have passed with them for the arch-fiend, standing there with a smile and scowl, to claim his own.
He had never recovered from the initial horror caused by Balatta's female awfulness.
Yes," she said, "but I am depressed by the awfulness of it all.
Mary put her hand over his mouth and began to chide him for his awfulness, whereupon he kissed the palm of her hand and put his head closer to hers.
Fang sat behind a bar, at the upper end; and on one side the door was a sort of wooden pen in which poor little Oliver was already deposited; trembling very much at the awfulness of the scene.
Lo, there ye stand, my children," said the figure, in a deep and solemn tone, almost sad with its despairing awfulness, as if his once angelic nature could yet mourn for our miserable race.
Then it was that the cruelty of the sea, its relentlessness and awfulness, rushed upon me.
The fiend reached out its scaly arms for him--it touched him, its breath came into his face; and he would cry out for the awfulness of it, he would wake up in the night, shuddering, and bathed in perspiration, and start up and flee.
He cowered in the midst of the milky water, as though the vastness were pressing in upon him with overwhelming force, brutally crushing him with its complacent awfulness.
Passing sentence, Judge Crowson said Crawford had an excellent presentence report that "wrestles with the awfulness of what you did".
QUOTES OF THE DAY "He is an asteroid of awfulness that has fallen on the world" Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry on US President Donald Trump "Some complain that the pay gap exists because women don't negotiate.
She added: "He is an asteroid of awfulness that has fallen on this world.
Given the awfulness of systemic bank failures, ample insurance is needed, and equity is the best form of insurance," he added.