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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)

Having a great amount of respect or admiration for someone, sometimes to the point of feeling nervous or fearful around them. Everyone in town was in awe of the movie star as he came through on his vacation. I've always been in awe of people who could dedicate their lives to something like the military.
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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, 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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shock and awe

a name given to a US military strategy, developed in the 1990s, that relies on rapidly deployed overwhelming force to cow an enemy.
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be/stand in ˈawe of somebody/something

admire somebody/something and be slightly afraid of them/it: While Diana was in awe of her grandfather, she adored her grandmother.
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With its large-scale Tactical Engagement Simulation (TES) capability, AWES provides unprecedented realism for simulated force-on-force battles.
1 can engage AWES players with its full array of weapons.
With this new capability, helicopter crews can participate in real-life scenarios in which they will have a chance to employ their best tactics to strike at targets and avert enemy defenses," said Doug Grunewald, Cubic program manager for the AWES Collective Training System (CTS) effort.
Cubic developed, installed and delivered AWES under contracts totaling $130 million that were awarded in 1998.
AWES is designed to support joint, combined arms training missions that also include fixed wing and rotary wing components and is easily adaptable to mobile, PC-based training systems that can be rapidly deployed.
A key feature of AWES is its timely, accurate simulation of area weapons effects.
What sets AWES apart from all other systems in use today is its integration of a wider array of weapons effects into combat training exercises that stretch beyond small arms and vehicle weapons direct-fire effects.
Cubic spent more than four years developing, constructing, producing, installing, field-testing, integrating and conducting trials of its AWES system elements.
Enhanced TES is the most ambitious and sophisticated ground combat training system ever created," said Gary Shrock, senior director and AWES program manager for CDA.
Gary Shrock, AWES program manager for Cubic, said Cubic is in the process of expanding its permanent site staff of technicians and training analysts to 34 people over the next several months in order to support the trials starting in July.
Cubic is nearing completion of manufacturing all of the deliverable AWES products used by the soldiers: manworn vests, helmet arrays, Small Arms Transmitters, vehicle installation kits and associated electronics.
With these building handover events, a significant milestone has been reached on the AWES program that will set the stage for the next project phase," said Phil Heltman, vice president of training systems for Cubic Defense Systems.
Gary Shrock, Cubic Defense Systems program director for AWES, said AWES builds on the state-of-the-art systems previously installed by Cubic for the U.
In the first, they sought to assess whether awe would be more likely than happiness to enhance the perception of available time.
When you feel awe, you feel very present -- it captivates you in the current moment," says Rudd.