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august (adj) impressive; commanding respect.
Anything impressive and evoking respect in us is august. Anything that impresses us as great, grand, or majestic, is august. The massive structures of the earlier civilization are august because they impress you as grand and evoke your admiration. Gatherings of great people, of great scientists, of technologists are august gatherings.
- The august gathering to be addressed by the World Bank president included economists of world renown, some of them Nobel laureates.
- Ancient sites of archeological interest like the pyramids in Egypt make you feel that you are in the midst of august surroundings.