This person is thought of as "great" and "majestic" because he has done terrible things to get a high job position. He is respected by his employees, and they practically view him as a god. I want to use "awesome," but I feel like it has a positive connotation; I want a negative one. So, I should I keep it or is there a better adjective to describe this person?

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    It seems incongruous to apply a negative label to someone worthy of respect.
    – Lawrence
    Sep 29 '17 at 12:06
  • forbidding, or formidable? None of them particularly negative, though "formidable" seems to match the description pretty well. Sep 29 '17 at 12:10
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    Inspiring fear would be fearsome. Inspiring respect crops up more in crossword clues, where admirable seems to work. Generally, people inspire either fear or respect; rarely both. Why fear anyone you truly respect? Why respect anyone you fear? No-one is thought of as anything like majestic because he has done terrible things. Fitting great to terrible things would be tenuous, at best. A high position or a top job could work but a high job position suggests unfamiliarity with English. Under all that, why not keep awesome? Sep 30 '17 at 18:45
  • “All shall love me and despair!” youtu.be/spHEw2n9LwE
    – iMerchant
    Oct 7 '17 at 9:01
  • “This person is thought of as "great" and "majestic" because he has done terrible things to get a high job position” — This doesn’t make much sense in the normal order of things. If he’s done terrible (that is: horrible, bad, dreadful) things in order to get a top job, then no one in their right mind would call him ‘great’ or ‘majestic’ unless a lot of brainwashing had taken place. Hitler may well have been called ‘great’ and ‘majestic’ by many people in Germany in 1940, but not because he did terrible things. Oct 7 '17 at 9:01

You could use the word redoubtable:

1 : causing fear or alarm : formidable
2 : illustrious, eminent; broadly : worthy of respect

There is a new biography of the redoubtable Winston Churchill.

his next opponent, the reigning champion, would be by far the most redoubtable adversary the young boxer had ever faced




formidable ˈfɔːmɪdəb(ə)l,fəˈmɪdəb(ə)l/Submit adjective inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.

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