Definition Of overawe


impress (someone) so much that they become silent or inhibited.

he used firepower to overawe the hostile tribes

Example Of overawe

  • Could it be that at 14 he was slightly overawed by the occasion?

  • Crouching underneath two huge, tired-looking horse chestnut trees, we were overawed by the treasure trove among the fallen leaves.

  • Having eaten there but once - and I was a guest so didn't have to pay, either - I was almost overawed by its excellence.

  • He insists he is not overawed by the challenge of winning the South.

  • He showed that he was not overawed by the England shirt.

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