Definition of formidable in English:

formidable

adjective

  • Inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable.

    ‘a formidable opponent’
    • ‘This made him a formidable thinker but his knowledge and expertise did not just come from midnight oil.’
    • ‘In the face of such formidable colleagues, Jo's desire to impress and succeed is even more acute.’
    • ‘Among a formidable list of opponents, the American Deena Kastor may be the most dangerous.’
    • ‘He assuredly bumped off a formidable array of erstwhile friends and possible rivals.’
    • ‘What we do know is that she has a formidable mind, powerful admirers and a yellow plastic digger on her desk.’
    • ‘That brings a formidable new dimension to the conflict, further magnified by its global scale.’
    • ‘Pittodrie presently holds one of the most formidable fear factors in the Premierleague.’
    • ‘Whoever it was, they have assembled a formidable array of talent and spent a lot of money.’
    • ‘In Hassan, though, he came up against a formidable opponent and a smart street fighter.’
    • ‘The doctrine in detail is one of formidable complexity, but its basic principle is simple.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for Johnson, the old Lion may be getting a bit long in the tooth but he is still a formidable opponent.’
    • ‘The trick will be to blend this talent into a formidable team by championship time.’
    • ‘He has built a formidable reputation on challenging the corporate orthodoxy.’
    • ‘Yet for a chef who shoots from the mouth, Ramsay inspires formidable loyalty.’
    • ‘His accomplishments were formidable during the first three decades of his reign.’
    • ‘It was an emphatic victory and formidable testimony to his talent and determination.’
    • ‘The shipbuilders have been playing well and are formidable opponents for anyone on their own patch.’
    • ‘Bayern would look more formidable if they could get two of their most talented midfielders fully fit.’
    onerous, arduous, taxing, difficult, hard, heavy, laborious, burdensome, strenuous, vigorous, back-breaking, stiff, uphill, relentless, herculean, monumental, colossal
    intimidating, forbidding, redoubtable, daunting, alarming, frightening, terrifying, petrifying, horrifying, chilling, disturbing, disquieting, dreadful, brooding, awesome, fearsome, ominous, foreboding, sinister, menacing, mean-looking, threatening, dangerous
    capable, able, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplished
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Usage

The preferred pronunciation of formidable is with the stress on for-, although the stress is sometimes heard on the second syllable (in Britain more than in the US)

Origin

Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin formidabilis, from formidare to fear.

Pronunciation:

formidable

/fərˈmidəb(ə)l//ˈfôrmədəb(ə)l/