fearsomeness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

fearsome +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

fearsomeness (uncountable)

  1. The state or condition of being fearsome.
    • 2007 January 20, Ginia Bellafante, “A Final Adventure for the Consummate Animal Hunter”, in New York Times[1]:
      Of all the naturalists to choose to make a victim! Mr. Irwin, of course, had gained celebrity engaging with unwieldy and lethal reptiles as if they were, on a scale of fearsomeness, roughly equivalent to a table of society matrons at tea.