formidability


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for·mi·da·ble

 (fôr′mĭ-də-bəl, fôr-mĭd′ə-)
adj.
1. Arousing fear, dread, or alarm: the formidable prospect of major surgery.
2. Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder: "A woman of formidable intelligence and tenacity, [she] prides herself on being independent-minded" (Nan Levinson).
3. Difficult to undertake, surmount, or defeat: a formidable challenge; a formidable opponent.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin formīdābilis, from formīdāre, to fear, from formīdō, fear.]

for′mi·da·bil′i·ty, for′mi·da·ble·ness n.
for′mi·da·bly adv.
Usage Note: Traditionally formidable has been pronounced with stress on the first syllable, but recently the pronunciation with stress on the second syllable, which is a common variant in British English, has seen increasing use in American English. However, the traditional pronunciation is still preferred by a large majority of the Usage Panel. In our 2008 survey, 73 percent favored the pronunciation with stress on the first syllable, and 27 percent favored the other pronunciation. Both pronunciations are acceptable, however.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.formidability - impressive difficultyformidability - impressive difficulty    
difficultness, difficulty - the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
References in classic literature ?
Imagine, if you can, a bald-faced hornet of your earthly experience grown to the size of a prize Hereford bull, and you will have some faint conception of the ferocious appearance and awesome formidability of the winged monster that bore down upon me.
PAF will continue to build a stronger edifice of operational formidability on the foundations laid by Asghar Khan.
The PAF today, and foreseeable future will continue to build stronger edifice of operational formidability on the foundations laid by AM Asghar Khan with steel and mortar and blood, sweat and tears of the pioneering cavalcades, who joined the saga of courage, passion for fulfilling the mission resonating to this day ordained by the Quaid-e-Azam' 'The PAF to be second to none.
The PAF today, and foreseeable future will continue to build stronger edifice of operational formidability on the foundations laid by A M Asghar khan with steel and mortar and blood, sweat and tears of the pioneering cavalcades, who joined the saga of courage, passion for fulfilling the mission resonating to this day ordained by the Quaid-e-Azam's, ' The PAF to be second to none.
The team, led by Dr Aaron Sell, from Griffith University in Queensland, wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: "The results show that most male bodily attractiveness stems from cues of formidability and physical strength, and that strength increases attractiveness in a linear fashion.
And she has continued hurtling forward even in the more veteran phase of her career, bringing, at 86, her brand of what might be described as genteel formidability to a dazzling number of parts.
The willingness of Salafi-jihadis to die for their cause--a willingness not always shared by other insurgents--adds to their formidability.
Furthermore, this racial bias persisted even among a target sample from whom upper-body strength was controlled (suggesting that racial differences in formidability judgments are a product of bias rather than accuracy).
Despite acknowledging the newcomer's formidability, Cohen doesn't feel that the hotel market in general will suffer any grave consequences due to Airbnb's presence.
Nevertheless, military men, including Iranian ones, understand that armor, despite its high cost and formidability, are an 'expendable' resource.
After an unexpected rise to formidability in the Democratic primary over the last few months, his campaign is shifting into targeted messages to appeal to specific demographics that he is speaking to, according (https://www.
In its superficial value, it is understandable that ruling political parties are clothed with a veneer of formidability.