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formidable

[fawr-mi-duh-buh l] /ˈfɔr mɪ də bəl/
adjective
1.
causing fear, apprehension, or dread:
a formidable opponent.
2.
of discouraging or awesome strength, size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating:
a formidable problem.
3.
arousing feelings of awe or admiration because of grandeur, strength, etc.
4.
of great strength; forceful; powerful:
formidable opposition to the proposal.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < French < Latin formīdābilis causing fear, equivalent to formīd- (stem of formīdāre to fear) + -ābilis -able
Related forms
formidableness, formidability, noun
formidably, adverb
nonformidability, noun
nonformidable, adjective
nonformidableness, noun
nonformidably, adverb
quasi-formidable, adjective
quasi-formidably, adverb
superformidable, adjective
superformidableness, noun
superformidably, adverb
unformidable, adjective
unformidableness, noun
unformidably, adverb
Can be confused
formative, formidable.
Synonyms
1. dreadful, appalling, threatening, menacing, fearful, frightful, horrible.
Antonyms
1. pleasant.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasiformidable

formidable

/ˈfɔːmɪdəbəl/
adjective
1.
arousing or likely to inspire fear or dread
2.
extremely difficult to defeat, overcome, manage, etc: a formidable problem
3.
tending to inspire awe or admiration because of great size, strength, excellence, etc
Derived Forms
formidability, formidableness, noun
formidably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin formīdābilis, from formīdāre to dread, from formīdō fear
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Word Origin and History for quasiformidable

formidable

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French formidable (15c.), from Latin formidabilis "causing fear, terrible," from formidare "to fear," from formido "fearfulness, fear, terror, dread." Related: Formidably.

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