[feer-suh m]

Origin of fearsome

First recorded in 1760–70; fear + -some1
Related formsfear·some·ly, adverbfear·some·ness, noun
Can be confusedfearful fearsome
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Examples from the Web for fearsomeness

Historical Examples of fearsomeness

  • It is difficult for me, even at this time, to understand all the fearsomeness of that moment.

  • Again, as the garments of the daily task fell from her, Joyce felt the sordidness and fearsomeness depart.

    Joyce of the North Woods

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • I myself know the fearsomeness of the raids of our equally ferocious Apaches and Yaquis.

    A Volunteer with Pike

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • He had fearsomeness enough of his own to send him rearing and pawing the air until the whiffle-trees rapped his knees.

    Horses Nine

    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for fearsomeness


  1. frightening
  2. timorous; afraid
Derived Formsfearsomely, adverbfearsomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fearsomeness



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

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