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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle French formidable, from Latin formīdābilis (formidable, terrible), from formīdō (fear, dread).

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formidable (comparative more formidable, superlative most formidable)

  1. Causing fear, dread, awe, or discouragement as a result of size, strength, or some other impressive feature; commanding respect; causing wonder or astonishment
  2. Difficult to defeat or overcome.
    • 2012 May 9, John Percy, “Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (2-3 on agg): match report”, in the Telegraph[1]:
      Holloway has unfinished business in the Premier League after relegation last year and he will make a swift return if he can overcome West Ham a week on Saturday. Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, will be acutely aware that when the stakes are high, Blackpool are simply formidable.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin formīdābilis (formidable, terrible), from formīdō (fear, dread).

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formidable (plural formidables)

  1. (dated or literary) fearsome
  2. fantastic, tremendous

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

AdjectiveEdit

formidable

  1. definite singular of formidabel
  2. plural of formidabel

Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

formidable

  1. definite singular of formidabel
  2. plural of formidabel

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin formidabilis.

AdjectiveEdit

formidable (plural formidables)

  1. great, fantastic, tremendous
  2. formidable

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