Definition of awfulness in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state of being very bad or unpleasant.

    ‘the chilli and pineapple relish did manage to mask the awfulness of the deep-fried brie’
    • ‘Here's the report on the awfulness poor consumers must suffer with this new device.’
    • ‘All of this awfulness is laid directly on the dingy doorstep of the writer/director.’
    • ‘It's awfulness is matched only by its lack of originality.’
    • ‘One must note the enduring awfulness of the hotels in general.’
    • ‘Many other critics and many, many dance lovers can no longer bear to watch the awfulness of his work.’
    • ‘For some reason, the amount of awfulness given off by this film never seems to affect you directly.’
    • ‘He is certainly not above getting laughs out of the sheer awfulness of his characters' tastes and habits.’
    • ‘Maybe their titles were inspired by the mind-blowing awfulness of some people's cooking.’
    • ‘One thing that hasn't changed over the years is the awfulness of the cover photo.’
    • ‘A sequel's awfulness is proportional to the amount by which the budget of the second exceeds that of the first.’
    1. 1.1 The shocking or horrific nature of something.
      ‘the awfulness of his crime’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So wittingly or not, these corporations are helping to prop up a government notorious for its sheer awfulness and brutality.’
      • ‘I struggle for anything sensible to say on the awfulness of the deaths.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The unspeakable awfulness of September 11 affected stock markets across the world and gutted the international aviation industry.’
      • ‘The awfulness of it is it's not like any other disease.’
      • ‘Upon returning to earth, Dr. Evil learns that his empire of awfulness has gone legit.’
      • ‘He manages to keep a slightly sinister edge to the role, while never losing sight of the awfulness of Sy's situation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’