redoubtable

[ri-dou-tuh-buhl]
adjective
1.
that is to be feared; formidable.
2.
commanding or evoking respect, reverence, or the like.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English redoutable < Middle French, equivalent to redout(er) to fear (re- re- + douter to fear, doubt) + -able -able

redoubtableness, noun
redoubtably, adverb
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redoubtable (rɪˈdaʊtəbəl)
 
adj
1.  to be feared; formidable
2.  worthy of respect
 
[C14: from Old French, from redouter to dread, from re- + douter to be afraid, doubt]
 
re'doubtableness
 
n
 
re'doubtably
 
adv

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redoubtable
late 14c., from O.Fr. redoutable (12c.), from redouter "to dread," from re-, intensive prefix + douter "be afraid of" (see doubt).
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Example sentences
But such impertinences make an artist whom many have deemed redoubtable, if a bit boring, excitingly new and strange.
The finished product can stand a redoubtable five feet tall and measure the same or more in diameter.
These redoubtable giants, which could not be made at less than five pounds.
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