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awe inspiring

Creating, instilling, or demanding a sensation of reverence, admiration, and/or (potentially) fear. Her writing is absolutely awe inspiring; it stirs emotions in me I didn't think were possible. The destructive power of nature is truly awe inspiring.
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in awe (of someone or something)

fearful and respectful of someone or something. Everyone in the country was in awe of the king and queen. I love my new car. In fact, I'm in awe of it.
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stand in awe (of someone or something)

Fig. to be overwhelmed with respect for someone or something. Many people stand in awe of the president. Bob says he stands in awe of a big juicy steak. I think he's exaggerating.
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in awe (of somebody/something)

admiring someone or something very much I was a kid during World War II, and I was in awe of the guys who flew these planes.
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in awe of, be

Also, stand in awe of. Respect and revere someone or something, experience a feeling of solemn wonder, as in All of us are in awe of his many achievements. This expression dates from about a.d. 1000 and originally meant "fear something or someone." Later awe came to mean "dread mingled with respect," and eventually it signified reverence alone.
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References in classic literature ?
The Tahitians were plainly awed by the silence and gloom and mystery of the place and happening, but they showed themselves doggedly unafraid, and were for pushing on.
All the horde had gathered outside and in awed silence was looking on.
He had been given one of the handsomest apartments in the most magnificent palace in the world, and you can not wonder that his good fortune astonished and awed him until he grew used to his surroundings.
Some of them there had glimpsed this forest god before and they drew back in terror, awed by the presence which they had for some time believed to possess the miraculous powers of a demon; but others there were who pushed forward, thinking only of the capture of an enemy, and these leaped into the pit and lifted Tarzan out.
And, after the war is over, I will fervently pray that I will be shocked often; and I will weep with joy every time I am awed by one of my brothers or sisters who call themselves American and truly live not only America's privilege but its responsibility as well.
Let me say, as I sit here before you today, having walked on the moon, that I am myself still awed by that miracle,'' Aldrin said.
This year's conference, which is the 12th National Conference for Women in Business that AWED has produced and is entitled "Women Mean Business", is also being sponsored by Time, Inc.
Founded in 1976, AWED is a private, nonprofit organization with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Stamford, Conn.