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fearsome

[feer-suh m] /ˈfɪər səm/
adjective
1.
causing fear:
a fearsome noise.
2.
causing awe or respect:
a fearsome self-confidence.
3.
afraid; timid.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; fear + -some1
Related forms
fearsomely, adverb
fearsomeness, noun
Can be confused
fearful, fearsome.
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Examples for fearsome
  • Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths.
  • It must indeed have been a fearsome beast in close grapple.
  • In fact, it renders that condition fearsome, its prospect intolerable.
  • On the other hand it's a glimpse of a possible future in which science has solved a fearsome problem.
  • Methamphetamine has a fearsome reputation as a destroyer of families.
  • The great voyages of discovery shrank our planet from a fearsome void to a familiar orb.
  • Seemingly skittish, adult squirrels are fearsome defenders.
  • Spotting the offshore orcas' fearsome feast took some doing.
  • What these fearsome predators of suburbia cannot taste may be hurting them.
  • Their fearsome claws have even inspired superhero flicks.
British Dictionary definitions for fearsome

fearsome

/ˈfɪəsəm/
adjective
1.
frightening
2.
timorous; afraid
Derived Forms
fearsomely, adverb
fearsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fearsome
adj.

1768, from fear + -some (1). Related: Fearsomely; fearsomeness.

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