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Short Definition : terrible; very bad

(adj) exceptionally bad or displeasing
Example Sentence
  • atrocious taste
  • abominable workmanship
  • an awful voice
  • dreadful manners
  • a painful performance
  • terrible handwriting
  • an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room

(adj) causing fear or dread or terror
Example Sentence
  • the awful war
  • an awful risk
  • dire news
  • a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked
  • the dread presence of the headmaster
  • polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
  • a dreadful storm
  • a fearful howling
  • horrendous explosions shook the city
  • a terrible curse

(adj) offensive or even (of persons) malicious
Synonyms : nasty
Example Sentence
  • in a nasty mood
  • a nasty accident
  • a nasty shock
  • a nasty smell
  • a nasty trick to pull
  • Will he say nasty things at my funeral?

(adj) inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
Synonyms : awed
Example Sentence
  • awed by the silence
  • awful worshippers with bowed heads

(adj) extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
Synonyms : frightful , terrible , tremendous
Example Sentence
  • in a frightful hurry
  • spent a frightful amount of money

(adj) inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
Synonyms : amazing , awe-inspiring , awesome , awing
Example Sentence
  • New York is an amazing city
  • the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight
  • the awesome complexity of the universe
  • this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath
  • Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent

(adv) used as intensifiers
Synonyms : awfully , frightfully , terribly
Example Sentence
  • terribly interesting
  • I'm awful sorry

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for awful

aw(an exclamation used to express something which you don't consider good,or you disapprove of something)+ful.............and something which is full of aw is always very bad.
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by preetisoni2411


Short Definition : pointed tool used for piercing

(noun) a pointed tool for marking surfaces or for punching small holes
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for awl

awl sounds like hole......and to make a hole in the leather we need a sharp and pointed tool which can pierce through it....hence we need an awl for this
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by preetisoni2411

we make a hole on the wal(awl) with an awl which is awry.
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by sriharisharma

awl rhymes with owl, only owls(stupid person) go for piercing..
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by anshulnirvana

Getting piercings is awl the rage right now.
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by AmeliaMann


Short Definition : distorted; crooked; bent; Ex. Our plans have gone awry.

(adj) turned or twisted toward one side
Synonyms : askew , cockeyed , lopsided , skew-whiff , wonky
Example Sentence
  • a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry
  • his wig was, as the British say, skew-whiff

(adj) not functioning properly
Synonyms : amiss , haywire , wrong
Example Sentence
  • something is amiss
  • has gone completely haywire
  • something is wrong with the engine

(adv) away from the correct or expected course
Synonyms : amiss
Example Sentence
  • something has gone awry in our plans
  • something went badly amiss in the preparations

(adv) turned or twisted to one side
Synonyms : askew , skew-whiff
Example Sentence
  • rugs lying askew
  • with his necktie twisted awry

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for awry

awry sounds like "a + vary(variation)" i.e, 'a variation from the expected way or position(turned or twisted to one side)'
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by bookworm

this mnemonic is in hindi....awry sounds like a cutting tool in hindi "aarii"which is bent and somewhat distorted in shape
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by preetisoni2411

AWRY sounds like AREY! in telugu . When do we call someone angrily AREY! .. When he doing something crooked, distorted .. !
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by sasidhar

awry=a + wry(worry).If we done something crooked and distorted we feel worry about the consequences.
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by prithvikalakota

just replace the 3rd letter "R" with "A"..then it will become "away"...
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by graduatestudent

we make a hole on the wal(awl) with an awl which is awry
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by sriharisharma

A(not)-WRY(worry).If v are not worried about a particular thing,then we are away from that particular matter.
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by moorthy_ragha

ARI gold from the HBO series Entourage was very awry (crooked) in his ways
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by pratdhunk

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by ranuclarke

Remember Mechanical labs ? we were supposed to cut weld metal. dunno abt ure class but coz of the awry(aari aari aari harippa) my whole class went completely wrong during cutting of metal
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by friendofafriend

awara aree plans kuthe hi chalalate
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by swap.kamble

awry sounds like "a + wry(worry)" i.e, 'a variation from the expected way or position(turned or twisted to one side)' will cause u to worry..
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by RajeshBorkar

awry: pronounced as aarae.relate it as aadhae(2 and half),which is not a STRAIGHT number.SO it is distorted/crooked
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by deepakranamech


Short Definition : self-evident truth requiring no proof

(noun) a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
Synonyms : maxim

(noun) (logic) a proposition that is not susceptible of proof or disproof; its truth is assumed to be self-evident
Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for axiom

Ax +i+om - when the axe is on me I will tell the truth. This is surely evident.
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by logic87

Axiom is a rule or principle that most people believe to be true( /universally recognized)... See "om" in Axiom which is universally believed
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by arvind_4


Short Definition : sky blue

(noun) a light shade of blue
Synonyms : cerulean , lazuline , sapphire , sky-blue

(verb) color azure
Example Sentence
  • Morning azured the village

(adj) of a deep somewhat purplish blue color similar to that of a clear October sky
Synonyms : bright blue , cerulean , sky-blue
Example Sentence
  • October's bright blue weather

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for azure

like azharuddin.... captain of indian cricket team....used to wear a blue shirt n pant.... men in blue .
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azure (sounds like aajgar......categorised under reptiles(snake...type)........if bites someone.....we could see that srounding area of skin where the aajgar has biten... turns blue in colour
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by preetisoni2411

for those who follow footbal! . . italians are called "the AZZURI'S" n they wear blue!... so.. azure=blue
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by abhishek26

sounds simillar to azo..which is dye used to colour clothes..........derived from azo compounds...this dye is available in blue from also
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by preetisoni2411

azure sounds like azher who was involved in blue films scam.
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by gopikrish2000

Azure--- A=Aishwarya Bacchan queen of blue eyes. and azo=dye/colour.
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by Tasmuna

sound lyk azher...who was captain of man in the blue
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by rahulbest

blue form or colour
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by preetisoni2411

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