Synonyms of awful in English:

awful


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adjective

1‘the place smelled awful’

SYNONYMS

very unpleasant, disgusting, nasty, terrible, dreadful, ghastly, horrid, horrible, vile, foul, abominable, appalling, atrocious, horrendous, hideous, offensive, objectionable, obnoxious, frightful, loathsome, revolting, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, odious, sickening, nauseating, nauseous

informal gruesome, diabolical, yucky, sick-making, God-awful, gross, from hell, icky

British informal grotty, beastly

North American informal hellacious, lousy

literary noisome

archaic disgustful, loathly

ANTONYMS

lovely, wonderful

2‘I think it's an awful book’

SYNONYMS

very bad, poor, dreadful, terrible, frightful, atrocious, hopeless, inadequate, inferior, unsatisfactory, substandard, laughable, lamentable, execrable

informal crummy, pathetic, rotten, useless, woeful, lousy, appalling, abysmal, dire, poxy, God-awful

British informal duff, chronic, rubbish, a load of pants

vulgar slang crap, shit, chickenshit

rare egregious

ANTONYMS

good, excellent

3‘Ronnie's awful accident at the crossroads’

SYNONYMS

serious, grave, bad, terrible, dreadful, alarming, critical

ANTONYMS

slight, minor

4‘you look awful—you should go and lie down’

SYNONYMS

ill, unwell, washed out, peaky

sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, green about the gills

faint, dizzy, giddy

British off, off colour, poorly

informal rough, lousy, rotten, terrible, dreadful, crummy

British informal grotty, ropy

Scottish informal wabbit, peely-wally

NZ Australian informal crook

vulgar slang crappy

dated queer, seedy

rare peaked, peakish

5‘I felt awful for being so angry with him’

SYNONYMS

remorseful, conscience-stricken, guilty, guilt-ridden, ashamed, chastened, contrite, sorry, full of regret, regretful, repentant, penitent, shamefaced, self-reproachful, apologetic

6‘the awful and majestic sights of nature’

SYNONYMS

awe-inspiring, awesome, impressive, amazing

dread, fearful