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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 of fearsome
1760-1770
1760-70; fear + -some1
Related forms
fearsomely, adverb
fearsomeness, noun
Can be confused
fearful, fearsome.
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  • I myself know the fearsomeness of the raids of our equally ferocious Apaches and Yaquis.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
  • It is difficult for me, even at this time, to understand all the fearsomeness of that moment.

  • He had fearsomeness enough of his own to send him rearing and pawing the air until the whiffle-trees rapped his knees.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
  • Again, as the garments of the daily task fell from her, Joyce felt the sordidness and fearsomeness depart.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
British Dictionary definitions for fearsomeness

fearsome

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

fearsome

adj.

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

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