The full sentence is:

I express unqualified awe at Nathaniel.

  • How about Ave caesar? Nov 1, 2015 at 13:32
  • The only question is in the title, and there is no explanation or clarification as to why you are/were confused. Such a drastic edit as yours is disrespectful to the users who answered your post. "Less", in this case is not "more" but instead, "poor"!
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 1, 2015 at 21:42

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Be/stand in awe of somebody/something is an idiomatic expression whose meaning is quite close to the concept you want to express. The fixed phrase is in awe of:

  • to admire someone or something and be slightly frightened of them/it
    • While Diana was in awe of her grandfather, she adored her grandmother.

(Oxford Learner's Dictionary)

The preposition at, used with in awe can be found in sentences like the following where it refers to the preceding verb or expression:

  • they gazed in awe at the president.

  • I simply looked on in awe at the remains of what I had just enjoyed.

(The Oxford dictionary of difficult words)


This ngram shows the usage in published works from Google Books.

Google ngram:awe of,awe at,in awe of,in awe at

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You can click on the links at the bottom of that page to see the actual texts--notice that punctuation is ignored in the search results.

In your context I prefer: "My main purpose is to express, from afar, unqualified awe of my leader, Nathaniel."

I don't think you can express awe at someone like some kind of fluid. (apologies for the possible mental image)

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