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Inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.‘a formidable opponent’
intimidating, forbidding, redoubtable, daunting, alarming, frightening, terrifying, petrifying, horrifying, chilling, disturbing, disquieting, dreadful, brooding, awesome, fearsome, ominous, foreboding, sinister, menacing, mean-looking, threatening, dangerousonerous, arduous, taxing, difficult, hard, heavy, laborious, burdensome, strenuous, vigorous, back-breaking, stiff, uphill, relentless, herculean, monumental, colossalcapable, able, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplishedView synonyms
- ‘As for Johnson, the old Lion may be getting a bit long in the tooth but he is still a formidable opponent.’
- ‘The doctrine in detail is one of formidable complexity, but its basic principle is simple.’
- ‘Bayern would look more formidable if they could get two of their most talented midfielders fully fit.’
- ‘What we do know is that she has a formidable mind, powerful admirers and a yellow plastic digger on her desk.’
- ‘Pittodrie presently holds one of the most formidable fear factors in the Premierleague.’
- ‘A formidable array of armour and troops roared through in a never ending stream.’
- ‘The first game after the enforced break was a tough encounter against formidable opponents.’
- ‘Yet for a chef who shoots from the mouth, Ramsay inspires formidable loyalty.’
- ‘That brings a formidable new dimension to the conflict, further magnified by its global scale.’
- ‘He assuredly bumped off a formidable array of erstwhile friends and possible rivals.’
- ‘It was an emphatic victory and formidable testimony to his talent and determination.’
- ‘Whoever it was, they have assembled a formidable array of talent and spent a lot of money.’
- ‘His accomplishments were formidable during the first three decades of his reign.’
- ‘In Hassan, though, he came up against a formidable opponent and a smart street fighter.’
- ‘The shipbuilders have been playing well and are formidable opponents for anyone on their own patch.’
- ‘In the face of such formidable colleagues, Jo's desire to impress and succeed is even more acute.’
- ‘This made him a formidable thinker but his knowledge and expertise did not just come from midnight oil.’
- ‘The trick will be to blend this talent into a formidable team by championship time.’
- ‘Among a formidable list of opponents, the American Deena Kastor may be the most dangerous.’
- ‘He has built a formidable reputation on challenging the corporate orthodoxy.’
There are two possible pronunciations of formidable: one with the stress on the for- and the other with the stress on the -mid-. The second pronunciation is now common in British English, but the traditional pronunciation places the stress on the first syllable. Both pronunciations are acceptable in modern standard English
Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin formidabilis, from formidare ‘to fear’.
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