Synonyms of awful
1 disgustingDictionary • an awful smell of paint
disgusting • The curry was disgusting.
terrible • Thousands suffered terrible injuries in the disaster.
offensive • the offensive smell of manure
nasty • It's got a really nasty smell.
foul • foul, polluted water
horrible • Still the horrible shrieking came out of his mouth.
unpleasant • an unpleasant taste of cheap coffee
revolting • The smell in the cell was revolting.
stinking (informal) • I had a stinking cold.
sickening • This was a sickening attack on a defenceless woman.
vile • the vile smell of his cigar smoke
distasteful • an extremely unpleasant and distasteful experience
horrid (informal) • What a horrid smell!
frightful • refugees trapped in frightful conditions
nauseating • The judge described the offences as nauseating and unspeakable.
odious • He's the most odious man I have ever met.
repugnant • His actions were improper and repugnant.
loathsome • the loathsome spectacle we were obliged to witness
abominable • The President described the killings as an abominable crime.
nauseous • The floor was deep with bat dung giving off a nauseous smell.
detestable • I find their racist attitude detestable.
hellacious (US, slang)
festy (Australian, slang)
yucko (Australian, slang)
2 badDictionary • Even if the weather's awful there's still lots to do.
terrible (informal) • I have the most terrible nightmares.
appalling • They have been living under the most appalling conditions.
shit (taboo, slang)
dire • a book of verse which ranged from the barely tolerable to the utterly dire
crap (taboo, slang)
horrendous • The violence used was horrendous.
ghastly • This wallpaper is absolutely ghastly.
from hell (informal)
deplorable • Many of them work under deplorable conditions.
abysmal • The general standard was abysmal.
shite (taboo, slang)
hellacious (US, slang)
, smashing (informal)
, fabulous (informal)
, sensational (informal)
, super (informal)
, booshit (Australian, slang)
, exo (Australian, slang)
, sik (Australian, slang)
, ka pai (New Zealand)
3 shockingDictionary • Her injuries were massive; it was awful.
shocking • This was a shocking invasion of privacy.
alarming • The disease has spread at an alarming rate.
dreadful • They told us the dreadful news.
horrific • I have never seen such horrific injuries.
hideous • His family was subjected to a hideous attack.
harrowing • harrowing pictures of the children who had been murdered
gruesome • There has been a series of gruesome murders in the capital.
4 unwellDictionary • I looked awful and felt quite sleepy.
unwell • He felt unwell as he was being driven back to his office.
poorly (informal) • I've just phoned Julie and she's still poorly.
ill • He was seriously ill with pneumonia.
terrible • I did feel terrible at the time but I'm all right now.
sick • He's very sick.
crook (Australian, New Zealand, informal) • He admitted to feeling a bit crook.
unhealthy • a poorly dressed, unhealthy looking fellow with a poor complexion
queasy • He was prone to sickness and already felt queasy.
out of sorts (informal) • At times, he has seemed lifeless and out of sorts.
off-colour • He felt off-colour but did not have any dramatic symptoms.
under the weather (informal) • I'm feeling a bit under the weather today.
green about the gills
veryDictionary • Gosh, you're awful pretty.
very • I am very grateful to you for all your help.
highly • He was a highly successful salesman.
really • It was really good.
deeply • Our conversation left me deeply depressed.
particularly • The number of fatal road accidents has been particularly high.
seriously (informal) • one of the first seriously wealthy rock-star landowners
truly • a truly splendid man
extremely • Mobile phones are extremely common nowadays.
terribly • I'm terribly sorry to bother you at this hour.
profoundly • I'm profoundly grateful for all the support I've received.
awfully (informal) • That caramel looks awfully good.
acutely • It was an acutely uncomfortable journey.
exceedingly • It was an exceedingly difficult decision to make.
eminently • His family was eminently respectable.
uncommonly • Mary was uncommonly good at tennis.
awe-inspiring • a museum with an awe-inspiring display of jewellery
dread (literary) • the dread phrase 'politically correct'
awesome • the awesome responsibility of sending men into combat
majestic • a majestic country home
solemn • This is a solemn occasion.
fearsome • a fearsome array of weapons
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abominableSomething that is abominable is very unpleasant or bad.
• The President described the killings as an abominable crime.
abysmalIf you describe a situation or the condition of something as abysmal, you think that it is very bad or poor in quality.
• The general standard was abysmal.
acutelyIf a feeling or quality is acutely unpleasant, it is extremely unpleasant.
• It was an acutely uncomfortable journey.
Thesaurus for awful from the Collins English Thesaurus