A Word A Day : Formidable
Tuesday, 25th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : faor'mi-de-bel
1. Arousing fear, dread or alarm
2. Inspiring awe, admiration or wonder
3. Difficult to undertake, surmount or defeat
4. Requiring great or extreme bodily, mental or spiritual strength
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin formidabilis, from formidare, to fear, from formido, fear
Appalling, Dire, Direful, Dreadful, Fearful, Fearsome, Frightful, Ghastly, Redoubtable, Scary, Terrible, Tremendous, Arduous, Backbreaking, Burdensome, Demanding, Difficult, Effortful, Exacting, Exigent, Hard, Heavy, Laborious, Onerous, Oppressive, Rigorous, Rough, Severe, Taxing, Tough, Trying, Weighty, Overwhelming, Horrible & Terrifying
Feeble, Friendly, Harmless, Nice, Pleasant, Powerless, Weak, Comforting, Easy, Not Hard, Pleasant &, Trivial
• Though a true hero, he was also a thoroughgoing bureaucrat and politician, a formidable
combination (Mario Puzo).
• It may be imagined that a gentleman so qualified and so disposed, was in no danger of becoming formidable
to the learned seminaries of Eton or Westminster.
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