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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of overawe.


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  • As the succession of canvases delights the eye and overawes scrutiny, there is renewed reverence and increased respect.

    Waning Genius in Venice Bruce Anderson 2010

  • He overawes his opponents, and their allies are prevented from joining against him.

    Archive 2007-10-01 2007

  • Butler, though a man brave by principle, if not by constitution, was overawed; for intensity of mental distress has in it a sort of sublimity which repels and overawes all men, but especially those of kind and sympathetic dispositions.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian 2007

  • He overawes his opponents, and their allies are prevented from joining against him.

    Sun Tzu: The Art of War: Part 4 2007

  • As long as the dome overawes, that facade is supportable.

    The Newcomes 2006

  • It is hard to pick out one man who overawes the others.

    The Chimes at Midnight 2005

  • It is hard to say how this came about; perhaps because unconsciously she felt in Bazarov the absence of anything aristocratic, of all that superiority which at once attracts and overawes.

    Fathers and Sons 2003

  • Achilles 'shield does not paralyze its beholders with a frightful monstrosity, but overawes them with its impression of divine artifice, an emblem of the irresistible destiny of its bearer.

    Ekphrasis and the Other William John Thomas 1994

  • Terror is the concurrent reaction to that which repels or overawes.


  • She was seated upon the edge of it, and I was beside her, with one knee on the floor, clasping both her hands in one of mine, while the other still encircled her body, holding her tightly against me in that rhapsody of love which overawes all sense of understanding.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman


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