Formidable meaning

fôrmĭ-də-bəl, fôr-mĭdə-
Difficult to undertake, surmount, or defeat.

A formidable challenge; a formidable opponent.

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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.

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Awe-inspiring in size, excellence, etc.; strikingly impressive.
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Causing fear, dread, awe or admiration as a result of size, strength, or some other impressive quality; commanding respect.
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Hard to handle or overcome.
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Arousing fear, dread, or alarm.

The formidable prospect of major surgery.

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Causing fear or dread.
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Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder.
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Origin of formidable

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin formīdābilis from formīdāre to fear from formīdō fear

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French formidable, from Latin formīdābilis (“formidable, terrible”), from formīdō (“fear, dread”).

    From Wiktionary