What does formidable mean?

Definitions for formidable
ˈfɔr mɪ də bəl or, sometimes, fərˈmɪd ə-for·mi·da·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. formidableadjective

    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, unnervingadjective

    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. formidableadjective

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

  2. formidableadjective

    difficult to defeat or overcome

  3. Etymology: From formidabilis, from formido.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FORMIDABLEadjective

    Terrible; dreadful; tremendous; terrifick; to be feared.

    Etymology: formidabilis, Latin; formidable, Fr.

    I swell my preface into a volume, and make it formidable, when you see so many pages behind. John Dryden, Æn. Dedicat.

    They seem’d to fear the formidable sight,
    And roll’d their billows on, to speed his flight. Dryden.

ChatGPT

  1. formidable

    Formidable is an adjective used to refer to something or someone that inspires fear or respect due to being impressively large, powerful, intense, capable, or due to its significant difficulty. It may also refer to a task, challenge, or opponent appearing to be extremely difficult to defeat or overcome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formidableadjective

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

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Formidable

    for′mi-da-bl, adj. causing fear: adapted to excite fear.—ns. Formidabil′ity; For′midableness.—adv. For′midably. [Fr.,—L. formidabilisformido, fear.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of formidable in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of formidable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of formidable in a Sentence

  1. Omarosa Manigault:

    Where are the pictures or videos? If I had confronted John Kelly, who is a very formidable person, it would garner someone to take a photo or a video.

  2. Marlene Dietrich:

    Courage and grace is a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is the bullring.

  3. Gillian Anderson:

    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.

  4. Geoffrey Berman:

    It is an enormous complaint, it is a robust complaint, it is filled with facts and it is very serious. And so Donald Trump and others named in the complaint are going to have their day in court to respond to this and try and seek to challenge it, it is formidable.

  5. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
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