Definitions for formidableˈfɔr mɪ də bəl or, sometimes, fərˈmɪd ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

for•mi•da•bleˈfɔr 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.

Origin of formidable:

1400–50; late ME < F < L formīdā(re) to fear

for′mi•da•bly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. formidable(adj)

    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"

  2. formidable, redoubtable, unnerving(adj)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. formidable(Adjective)

    causing fear, dread, awe or admiration as a result of size, strength, or some other impressive quality; commanding respect

  2. formidable(Adjective)

    difficult to defeat or overcome

  3. Origin: From formidabilis, from formido.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formidable(adj)

    exciting fear or apprehension; impressing dread; adapted to excite fear and deter from approach, encounter, or undertaking; alarming

Freebase

  1. Formidable

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formidable' in Adjectives Frequency: #991


Translations for formidable

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

formidable(adjective)

rather frightening

a formidable appearance.

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