pleasant vs awful

pleasant

Definitions

adjective

  1. affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings
  2. (of persons) having pleasing manners or behavior

Examples

Britain is no longer green and pleasant.

The unpleasant truth is that hiding behind private ownership only hides the fall in value from people who choose not to look.

Loman is a rather unpleasant figure throughout much of the play, a boastful blowhard, a bully, a coward.

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awful

Definitions

adjective

  1. extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
  2. inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
  3. exceptionally bad or displeasing
  4. causing fear or dread or terror
  5. inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
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adverb

  1. used as intensifiers

Examples

This patronising voice with a whine and an awful regional accent was talking.

by lawful/legal means. Lawful tends to be used in technical or literary contexts. The same is true of the opposites, unlawful and illegal, but illegal is used especially about criminal activities. Legal also means 'connected with the law':the US legal system.

It seems the awful practice of hazing is not just limited to college sororities and fraternities.

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