awesome

An awesome something or someone is amazing, breathtaking, or overwhelming. Like traveling the globe in a hot air balloon or visiting the Taj Mahal. Or, if you're 7, hearing someone burp the alphabet.

Awesome popped on the scene around 1600, probably in a church. It first meant “profoundly reverential,” but morphed later into an adjective meaning “inspiring awe.” Flash forward to the 20th century, when awesome transformed once again — this time into an everyday word for "impressive." These days it's synonymous with "outstanding" and "totally cool."

Definitions of awesome
1

adj inspiring awe or admiration or wonder

“the awesome complexity of the universe”
Synonyms:
amazing, awe-inspiring, awful, awing
impressive
making a strong or vivid impression

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