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Friday, October 26, 2001

Definitions for redoubtable

  1. Arousing fear or alarm; formidable.
  2. Illustrious; eminent; worthy of respect or honor.

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Citations for redoubtable
He had been particularly involved in and articulate over policy toward East Asia, stressing the threat from China after the Communists won power there in 1949, and had made dramatic impressions of competence and coolness on two occasions -- under the physical threat of a crowd in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1958, and in a dramatic kitchen debate in the Soviet Union in 1959 with the redoubtable Nikita Khrushchev. William Bundy, A Tangled Web
The prospect was daunting, not least because Evelyn was still a redoubtable figure on campus whom I saw almost every day and to whom I went for advice almost as regularly. Keith Stewart Thomson, The Common But Less Frequent Loon and Other Essays
Origin of redoubtable
1325-1375
Redoubtable derives from Old French redouter, "to dread," from Medieval Latin redubitare, "to fear," literally "to doubt back at," from Latin re- + dubitare, "to doubt."