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fear·some

 (fîr′səm)
adj.
1. Causing or capable of causing fear: "The Devil is a fearsome enemy" (Jimmy Breslin).
2. Fearful; timid.

fear′some·ly adv.
fear′some·ness n.

fearsome

(ˈfɪəsəm)
adj
1. frightening
2. timorous; afraid
ˈfearsomely adv
ˈfearsomeness n

fear•some

(ˈfɪər səm)

adj.
1. causing fear.
2. afraid; timid: a tiny, fearsome mouse.
3. inspiring awe or respect: a fearsome intelligence.
[1760–70]
fear′some•ly, adv.
fear′some•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fearsome - causing fear or dread or terrorfearsome - causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger

fearsome

fearsome

adjective
2. Filled with fear or terror:
Regional: afeard, ascared.
Translations
pelottava
zastrašujući

fearsome

[ˈfɪəsəm] ADJ [opponent, reputation, weapon] → temible; [sight] → espantoso; [competition] → encarnizado
he has a fearsome servetiene un saque temible or tremendo

fearsome

[ˈfɪərsəm] adj [opponent] → redoutable; [reputation] → redoutable; [sight] → effrayant(e)

fearsome

adjfurchterregend; he was in a fearsome rageer hatte einen fürchterlichen Wutanfall

fearsome

[ˈfɪəsəm] adj (opponent) → formidabile, terribile; (sight) → terrificante
References in classic literature ?
For the fact that it was this said thirty-first cousin, Mr d'Urberville, who had fallen in love with her, a gentleman not altogether local, whose reputation as a reckless gallant and heartbreaker was beginning to spread beyond the immediate boundaries of Trantridge, lent Tess's supposed position, by its fearsomeness, a far higher fascination that it would have exercised if unhazardous.
Of The Ancient Mariner I have already told you, although perhaps it is too full of fearsomeness for you to read yet.
Again and again, drinking in the strangeness and the fearsomeness of the world from her lips, I had heard her state that if one offended an Italian, no matter how slightly and unintentionally, he was certain to retaliate by stabbing one in the back.
The lesser figures, whose masks didn't have the size or the fearsomeness of the chief masquerade, began whipping one another.
A few minutes later, the keeper recounts an exceedingly tall tale of the Knight's courage and fearsomeness to Sancho and the others and promises to tell the King himself of how Quixote had intimidated the lion so much, the ferocious beast verily cowered in his cage.
1548), in agreement with Alberti, provides a relevant comment on the passions represented in paintings: "Painting distinguishes the effects of love; it exposes the falseness of false admiration, the fire of hatred, the palpability of strength, the weariness of effort, the fearsomeness of fear.
Its fearsomeness may be difficult to conjure, even given associations with satyrs and Satan.
While there may be a certain fearsomeness in her scenes, she has no interest in spurring more anxiety about our global plight.
At this point of lost bearings in reading the text, Dimmesdale has his own uncanny experience which derives from the fearsomeness of femininity.
Their careful actions, in spite of the weaponry and fearsomeness, seem somehow oddly serene, stripped of sound and placed in an otherworldly shroud of frost and nature.
It is only by quieting the judgments and fears that emerge from trauma, those inner voices of evaluation of both the good and the bad in our clients and their life events and the inner incantations of the fearsomeness and vulnerability of life (theirs and ours), that counselors are free to move in and out of the client's world of suffering with compassion but without contagion.
It understands all the relevant properties in terms of the desert/merit relation, including moral properties like blameworthiness, but also less moral terms, like admirableness, (9) and nonmoral terms, like fearsomeness.