Formidable Definition

fôrmĭ-də-bəl, fôr-mĭdə-
Causing fear or dread.
Webster's New World
Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder.
American Heritage
Hard to handle or overcome.
Webster's New World
Awe-inspiring in size, excellence, etc.; strikingly impressive.
Webster's New World
Difficult to undertake, surmount, or defeat.
A formidable challenge; a formidable opponent.
American Heritage

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

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