- The definition of formidable is something that causes fear and is difficult to overcome.
An example of formidable is a boxer having a match with the current title holder.
- causing fear or dread
- hard to handle or overcome
- awe-inspiring in size, excellence, etc.; strikingly impressive
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin formidabilis ; from formidare, to fear, dread ; from formido, fear ; from Indo-European an unverified form mormo-, to feel horror from source Classical Greek mormoros, fear
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- Arousing fear, dread, or alarm: the formidable prospect of major surgery.
- Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder: “Though a true hero, he was also a thoroughgoing bureaucrat and politician, a formidable combination” (Mario Puzo).
- Difficult to undertake, surmount, or defeat: a formidable challenge; a formidable opponent.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin formīdābilis, from formīdāre, to fear, from formīdō, fear.
- forˌmi·da·bilˈi·ty, forˈmi·da·ble·ness noun
- forˈmi·da·bly adverb