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).

Usage Examples:

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 hes 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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