Dread; great fear mingled with respect.
- A mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might: We felt awe when contemplating the works of Bach. The observers were in awe of the destructive power of the new weapon.
- Archaic The power to inspire dread.
- Archaic Dread.
- To inspire with awe.