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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Formidable  \For"mi*da*ble\,  a.  [L.  formidabilis  fr  formidare 
  to  fear,  dread:  cf  F.  formidable.] 
  Exciting  fear  or  apprehension;  impressing  dread;  adapted  to 
  excite  fear  and  deter  from  approach,  encounter,  or 
  undertaking;  alarming. 
 
  They  seemed  to  fear  the  formodable  sight.  --Dryden. 
 
  I  swell  my  preface  into  a  volume,  and  make  it 
  formidable,  when  you  see  so  many  pages  behind.  --Drydn. 
 
  Syn:  Dreadful;  fearful;  terrible;  frightful;  shocking; 
  horrible;  terrific;  tremendous. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  formidable 
  adj  1:  extremely  impressive  in  strength  or  excellence;  "a 
  formidable  opponent";  "the  challenge  was  formidable"; 
  "had  a  formidable  array  of  compositions  to  his 
  credit";  "the  formidable  army  of  brains  at  the  Prime 
  Minister's  disposal" 
  2:  inspiring  fear;  "the  formidable  prospect  of  major  surgery"; 
  "a  tougher  and  more  redoubtable  adversary  than  the 
  heel-clicking,  jackbooted  fanatic"-  G.H.Johnston; 
  "something  unnerving  and  prisonlike  about  high  gray  wall" 
  [syn:  {redoubtable},  {unnerving}] 




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