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
Etymology: From formidabilis, from formido.
difficult to defeat or overcome
Etymology: 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
Examples of formidable in a Sentence
Space is as infinite as we can imagine, and expanding this perspective is what adjusts humankind’s focus on conquering our true enemies, the formidable foes: ignorance and limitation.
I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of' The Crown' and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman, thatcher was undoubtedly formidable but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era.
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.
Jeb's a very formidable political person.
No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.
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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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