V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. highly impressive; 2. causing fear; 3. difficult to overcome
Synonyms: impressive, awe-inspiring, overwhelming, imposing, overpowering, fierce, frightful, menacing, dreadful
Antonyms: weak, fearful, feeble, unimpressive
Tips: Formidable comes from Latin formidare, "to fear," ultimately from formido, "terror." Something or someone formidable can instill fear or dread, but can also be impressive. Think of a formidable opponent--someone who you are impressed by and fearful to face. You should try to use the word formidable to describe daunting challenges or opponents. When describing people, use formidable to describe someone that you find intimidating and/or impressive. Think of how fear and respect often go hand in hand (i.e. The Godfather).
The company president had a formidable challenge in growing revenue without increasing costs. (overwhelming, imposing)
This candidate has a formidable list of accomplishments on his resume; I think he’s the right choice for the position. (impressive)
He has a formidable intellect, so I try to be as focused as possible whenever we debate or discuss politics. (impressive, awe-inspiring)
She is a formidable opponent on the tennis court, and I look forward to the challenge of playing against her. (impressive, fierce)
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