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formidable - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'formidable' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Formidable [ a.]
- Exciting fear or apprehension; impressing dread; adapted to excite fear and deter from approach, encounter, or undertaking; alarming.

Meaning of 'formidable' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . formidable [ s]
Meaning (1):
- extremely impressive in strength or excellence
Example in sentence:
  • a formidable opponent;
  • had a formidable array of compositions to his credit;
  • the challenge was formidable;
  • the formidable army of brains at the Prime Minister's disposal
Meaning (2):
- inspiring fear
Example in sentence:
  • a tougher and more redoubtable adversary than the heel-clicking, jackbooted fanatic;
  • something unnerving and prisonlike about high grey wall;
  • the formidable prospect of major surgery