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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. Back in England, even at best the charm of woman, to him, had never been robust.
He is but little larger than his cousin of the lesser, lower hills; but he makes up for it in the awfulness of his ferocity and in the length and thickness of his shaggy coat.
"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. He began to shake as with an ague-fit, till the gun fell from his hand with a splash.
Thus, to eradicate this awfulness I felt because of those wicked sights, it is important to transgress some restrictions.
Sometimes, it was simply a cold statistic which helped bring home the awfulness of what people experienced in that dreadful period.
goTTi NETFLIX SOME films - generally Steven Seagal ones - are so unremittingly awful that they swing back around and that awfulness becomes a unique selling point and something that makes watching them an utter pleasure.
Joking aside, spare a thought for the poor shop workers who have to listen to this audio awfulness for almost two months every year.