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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 first game after the enforced break was a tough encounter against formidable opponents.’
- ‘A formidable array of armour and troops roared through in a never ending stream.’
- ‘In Hassan, though, he came up against a formidable opponent and a smart street fighter.’
- ‘The trick will be to blend this talent into a formidable team by championship time.’
- ‘This made him a formidable thinker but his knowledge and expertise did not just come from midnight oil.’
- ‘Pittodrie presently holds one of the most formidable fear factors in the Premierleague.’
- ‘He assuredly bumped off a formidable array of erstwhile friends and possible rivals.’
- ‘The shipbuilders have been playing well and are formidable opponents for anyone on their own patch.’
- ‘His accomplishments were formidable during the first three decades of his reign.’
- ‘Bayern would look more formidable if they could get two of their most talented midfielders fully fit.’
- ‘In the face of such formidable colleagues, Jo's desire to impress and succeed is even more acute.’
- ‘He has built a formidable reputation on challenging the corporate orthodoxy.’
- ‘Whoever it was, they have assembled a formidable array of talent and spent a lot of money.’
- ‘Yet for a chef who shoots from the mouth, Ramsay inspires formidable loyalty.’
- ‘It was an emphatic victory and formidable testimony to his talent and determination.’
- ‘Among a formidable list of opponents, the American Deena Kastor may be the most dangerous.’
- ‘The doctrine in detail is one of formidable complexity, but its basic principle is simple.’
- ‘That brings a formidable new dimension to the conflict, further magnified by its global scale.’
- ‘What we do know is that she has a formidable mind, powerful admirers and a yellow plastic digger on her desk.’
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)
Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin formidabilis, from formidare ‘to fear’.
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