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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.

formidable

(ˈfɔːmɪdəbəl)
adj
1. arousing or likely to inspire fear or dread
2. extremely difficult to defeat, overcome, manage, etc: a formidable problem.
3. tending to inspire awe or admiration because of great size, strength, excellence, etc
[C15: from Latin formīdābilis, from formīdāre to dread, from formīdō fear]
ˌformidaˈbility, ˈformidableness n
ˈformidably adv

for•mi•da•ble

(ˈfɔr mɪ də bəl or, sometimes, fərˈmɪd ə-)

adj.
1. causing fear or apprehension: a formidable opponent.
2. of discouraging or awesome size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating: a formidable problem.
3. arousing feelings of awe or admiration: formidable intelligence.
4. strong; forceful; powerful: formidable opposition.
[1400–50; late Middle English < French < Latin formīdā(re) to fear]
for′mi•da•ble•ness, for`mi•da•bil′i•ty, n.
for′mi•da•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.formidable - extremely impressive in strength or excellence; "a formidable opponent"; "the challenge was formidable"; "had a formidable array of compositions to his credit"; "the formidable army of brains at the Prime Minister's disposal"
impressive - making a strong or vivid impression; "an impressive ceremony"
2.formidable - inspiring fear; "the formidable prospect of major surgery"; "a tougher and more redoubtable adversary than the heel-clicking, jackbooted fanatic"- G.H.Johnston; "something unnerving and prisonlike about high grey wall"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger

formidable

adjective
1. difficult, taxing, challenging, overwhelming, staggering, daunting, mammoth, colossal, arduous, very great, onerous, toilsome We have a formidable task ahead of us.
difficult easy
2. impressive, great, powerful, tremendous, mighty, terrific, awesome, invincible, indomitable, redoubtable, puissant She looked every bit as formidable as her mother.

formidable

adjective
2. Requiring great or extreme bodily, mental, or spiritual strength:
Translations
مُخيف، رَهيب، مُريعهائِن صَعْب
hrozivýnesmírnýobrovskýstrašný
formidabelfrygtindgydende
nagyarányú
ægilegur, óárennilegurmjög erfiîur
baisingaibaisingassunkiai įveikiamas
briesmīgsgrūti pārvaramsgrūts
hrôzu naháňajúci
baş edilmezçözümü güçkorkunçürkütücü

formidable

[ˈfɔːmɪdəbl] ADJ [person] → formidable; [opponent] → temible; [task, challenge, obstacle] → tremendo, impresionante; [reputation, team, combination, talents] → formidable, extraordinario
he has a formidable tempertiene un genio tremendo
she was a formidable womanera una mujer formidable or que imponía

formidable

[fərˈmɪdəbəl ˈfɔːrmɪdəbəl] adj [task] → ardu(e); [person, opponent] → redoutable; [reputation] → impressionnant(e)

formidable

adj (= commanding respect) personAchtung gebietend; intellect, intelligenceüberragend; (= powerful, impressive) challenge, achievement, task, obstacle, strength, energy, heightgewaltig; person, reputationbeeindruckend; opponentmächtig; sightüberwältigend; talentsaußerordentlich; team, combinationaußerordentlich stark; she is small but formidablesie ist klein aber oho (inf); to be in formidable formin absoluter Hochform sein

formidable

[ˈfɔːmɪdəbl] adj (task, difficulties) → formidabile, terribile; (person, appearance) → che incute rispetto

formidable

(ˈfoːmidəbl) , (fəːˈmidəbl) adjective
1. rather frightening. a formidable appearance.
2. very difficult to overcome. formidable difficulties.
ˈformidably adverb
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The American jaguar is not so formidable a beast as the native name of tiger would cause one to suppose, though they are sufficiently dan- gerous, and this one had rather badly clawed the Indian.
The veteran Scotchman just named held the first, with a regiment of regulars and a few provincials; a force really by far too small to make head against the formidable power that Montcalm was leading to the foot of his earthen mounds.
We immediately proceeded to collect what we could of our horses, and other cattle, and bring them through the posterns into the fort: And in the evening of the ninth, I returned answer, that we were determined to defend our fort while a man was living--Now, said I to their commander, who stood attentively hearing my sentiments, We laugh at all your formidable preparations: But thank you for giving us notice and time to provide for our defence.
Well, child," said she, taking heart at sight of a personage so little formidable,--"well, my child, what did you wish for?
The schoolhouse stood in a rather lonely but pleasant situation, just at the foot of a woody hill, with a brook running close by, and a formidable birch-tree growing at one end of it.
and of the months he had continuously passed at Bly, which, added up, made a formidable stretch.
He is, without doubt, the largest inhabitant of the globe; the most formidable of all whales to encounter; the most majestic in aspect; and lastly, by far the most valuable in commerce; he being the only creature from which that valuable substance, spermaceti, is obtained.
The boy drew his chubby face down to a formidable length, and commenced toning a psalm tune through his nose, with imperturbable gravity.
When that formidable lance-point was within a yard and a half of my breast I twitched my horse aside without an effort, and the big knight swept by, scoring a blank.
A landslip occurred three quarters of a century ago, on the route from Arth to Brunnen, which was a formidable thing.
of formidable caliber--however, with him we have no concern.
It was a large black beetle with formidable jaws -- a "pinchbug," he called it.