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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
References in classic literature ?
The North is generally the region of strength, and many local circumstances render it probable that the most Northern of the proposed confederacies would, at a period not very distant, be unquestionably more formidable than any of the others.
Our Soldiers and Lowest Classes of Workmen are Triangles with two equal sides, each about eleven inches long, and a base or third side so short (often not exceeding half an inch) that they form at their vertices a very sharp and formidable angle.
It may be imagined that a gentleman so qualified and so disposed, was in no danger of becoming formidable to the learned seminaries of Eton or Westminster.
Since Tom's harassed conscience had managed to drive him to the lawyer's house by night and wring a dread tale from lips that had been sealed with the dismalest and most formidable of oaths, Huck's confidence in the human race was well-nigh obliterated.
And in these disastrous times, when the ingenuity of man has multiplied the power of weapons of war, it was possible that, without the knowledge of others, a State might try to work such a formidable engine.
They could count the numerous islets of the lake, inhabited by the Biddiomahs, a race of bloodthirsty and formidable pirates, who are as greatly feared when neighbors as are the Touaregs of Sahara.
But by night he was deprived of his most formidable weapon, his ugliness.
The other seems to draw its strength from the very soul of the world, its formidable ally, held to obedience by the frailest bonds, like a fierce ghost captured in a snare of something even finer than spun silk.
To assume the right to new values--that is the most formidable assumption for a load-bearing and reverent spirit.
Today it was Horta, the boar, which came down toward the watcher in the old tree--Horta, the boar, whose formidable tusks and diabolical temper preserved him from all but the most ferocious or most famished of the largest carnivora.
Inroads were gradually made upon the prerogative, in favor of liberty, first by the barons, and afterwards by the people, till the greatest part of its most formidable pretensions became extinct.
Such formidable accounts of her ladyship, and her manner of living, quite frightened Maria Lucas who had been little used to company, and she looked forward to her introduction at Rosings with as much apprehension as her father had done to his presentation at St.