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"
formidable, redoubtable, unnerving(adj)
"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"
causing fear, dread, awe or admiration as a result of size, strength, or some other impressive quality; commanding respect
difficult to defeat or overcome
Origin: From formidabilis, from formido.
exciting fear or apprehension; impressing dread; adapted to excite fear and deter from approach, encounter, or undertaking; alarming
Formidable is the soundtrack to the show performed at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, France by American singer La Toya Jackson. Only 3,000 copies were created and it has become one of the most sought-after albums by La Toya's fans. La Toya was the main attraction at the Moulin Rouge for four months, at which point she broke her contract and was ordered by the French courts to pay $550,000 in damages to the owners of Moulin Rouge.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
for′mi-da-bl, adj. causing fear: adapted to excite fear.—ns. Formidabil′ity; For′midableness.—adv. For′midably. [Fr.,—L. formidabilis—formido, fear.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'formidable' in Adjectives Frequency: #991
The numerical value of formidable in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of formidable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Jeb's a very formidable political person.
No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable.
I’m sure you would agree that there is much more to be done and many formidable challenges ahead.
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Translations for formidable
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- страховит, страхотенBulgarian
- ohromující, hrozný, nepřekonatelný, ohromný, úžasnýCzech
- respekteinflößend, gewaltigGerman
- valtava, mahtava, vaikuttavaFinnish
- ահարկու, հսկայական, ահեղArmenian
- formidabel, ontzagwekkendDutch
- groaznic, formidabilRomanian
- устрашающий, трудноразрешимый, чудовищный, труднопреодолимый, внушительный, грозныйRussian
- formidabel, fruktansvärdSwedish
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