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[fawr-mi-duh-buh l] /ˈfɔr mɪ də bəl/

causing fear, apprehension, or dread:
a formidable opponent.
of discouraging or awesome strength, size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating:
a formidable problem.
arousing feelings of awe or admiration because of grandeur, strength, etc.
of great strength; forceful; powerful:
formidable opposition to the proposal.
arousing or likely to inspire fear or dread
extremely difficult to defeat, overcome, manage, etc: a formidable problem
tending to inspire awe or admiration because of great size, strength, excellence, etc

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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