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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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