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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formidableadjective

    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.

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. James Gellert:

    They are competing with Visa and American Express and PayPal, and more and more with Apple and Google, these are formidable competitors.

  2. Representative Joe Heck:

    As you know, Harry Reid is one of the most formidable campaigners and fundraisers, so you know his hand-picked successor is going to be well-funded.

  3. John Costello:

    It's going to make them far more effective, it will most likely increase the sophistication of cyber intrusions and cyber reconnaissance over the long term. It will make them a lot more formidable to sustain cyber operations in a contested environment.

  4. George Washington:

    Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all

  5. Chip Ganassi:

    Alex's track record speaks for itself, he's a proven champion and one of the most formidable drivers in the world. We are very excited to continue working together.

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