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.)
causing fear or apprehension:
a formidable opponent.
of discouraging or awesome size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating:
a formidable problem.
arousing feelings of awe or admiration:
strong; forceful; powerful:
Origin of formidable:
1400–50; late ME < F < L formīdā(re) to fear
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.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'formidable' in Adjectives Frequency: #991
Translations for formidable
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a formidable appearance.
- مُخيف، رَهيب، مُريعArabic
- temívelPortuguese (BR)
- hrozivý, strašnýCzech
- φοβερός, που προκαλεί φόβοGreek
- temible, imponenteSpanish
- opasan, koji ulijeva strahCroatian
- ægilegur, óárennilegurIcelandic
- baisingas, siaubingasLithuanian
- fryktinngytende, imponerende, formidabelNorwegian
- سېمناك، وېروونكى، ډاروونكىPashto
- hrôzu naháňajúciSlovak
- fruktansvärd, respektingivandeSwedish
- korkunç, ürkütücüTurkish
- 可怕的Chinese (Trad.)
- kinh khủngVietnamese
- 可怕的Chinese (Simp.)
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