When I was reading the book That's Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us, in which the author examines the key differences between the British and the Americans through their language, I got confused by this sentence:
These words beggar awesome, a widely derided modern example of American hyperbole.
What's the meaning of "beggar" here?
Context as follow:
...American adjectives have always gone up to eleven. English visitors to a young America were amazed by the tall language they heard—words like rapscallionly, conbobberation, and helliferocious. Such words seem outlandish today only because of their unfamiliarity. Whether or not they were widely used in the Wild West, they made Americans seem badass. Everyone, not least the milquetoasts back east, wanted to believe in an America that was unleashed and not quite housebroken.
These words beggar awesome, a widely derided modern example of American hyperbole. Once, only God could be awesome. Now even a mediocre burrito qualifies...
I have done a lot of research regarding "beggar" used as verb, but I can still not figure it out. Can someone help me with this?