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fearsome

[feer-suh m] /ˈfɪər səm/
adjective
1.
causing fear:
a fearsome noise.
2.
causing awe or respect:
a fearsome self-confidence.
3.
afraid; timid.
Origin of fearsome
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70; fear + -some1
Related forms
fearsomely, adverb
fearsomeness, noun
Can be confused
fearful, fearsome.
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  • Allis crept to her father like a fearsome child avoiding goblins.

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  • And Czerny could live here, cheek by jowl with these fearsome mysteries!

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  • I'm that fearsome, that I declare I shiver and quake at nothing.

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  • This is the twenty-seventh time we've had you up for this heinous, fearsome crime.

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  • Others joined in fearsome averment: "Truly this was the Son of God."

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British Dictionary definitions for fearsome

fearsome

/ˈfɪəsəm/
adjective
1.
frightening
2.
timorous; afraid
Derived Forms
fearsomely, adverb
fearsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fearsome
adj.

1768, from fear + -some (1). Related: Fearsomely; fearsomeness.

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