formidable

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French formidable, from Latin formīdābilis (formidable, terrible), from formīdō (fear, dread).

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Adjective[edit]

formidable (comparative more formidable, superlative most formidable)

  1. causing fear, dread, awe or admiration as a result of size, strength, or some other impressive quality; commanding respect; causing wonder or astonishment
  2. difficult to defeat or overcome
    • 2012 May 9, John Percy, “Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3 on agg): match report”, the Telegraph:
      Holloway has unfinished business in the Premier League after relegation last year and he will make a swift return if he can overcome West Ham a week on Saturday. Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, will be acutely aware that when the stakes are high, Blackpool are simply formidable.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin formīdābilis (formidable, terrible), from formīdō (fear, dread).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

formidable (masculine and feminine, plural formidables)

  1. (dated or literary) fearsome
  2. fantastic, tremendous

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Norwegian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

formidable

  1. plural of formidabel

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

formidable m, f (plural formidables)

  1. great, fantastic, tremendous
  2. formidable