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"awful" in British English

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awfuladjective

uk   /ˈɔː.fəl/  us   /ˈɑː.fəl/
  • awful adjective (BAD)

A2 extremely bad or unpleasant: He suffered awful injuries in the crash. We had awful weather. She has an awful boss. What an awful thing to say! Would life be so awful without a car? The food was awful. She'd been ill and she looked awful.

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  • awful adjective (VERY GREAT)

B2 [before noun] very great: I don't know an awful lot (= very much) about art, but I'm learning. Fortunately it won't make an awful lot of difference if I don't pass the test. It was an awful risk to take.

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awfulness
noun [U] uk   /ˈɔː.fəl.nəs/  us   /ˈɑː.fəl.nəs/
You can't appreciate the true/sheer awfulness of war until you've actually experienced it.
(Definition of awful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"awful" in American English

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awfuladjective

 us   /ˈɔ·fəl/
very bad, unpleasant, or of low quality: The weather was awful the whole timecold and wet. Fox TV has canceled the truly awful sitcom "Monty" after a short tryout.
Awful also means very great or large: We're spending an awful amount of money!
(Definition of awful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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