Origin of formidable
Examples from the Web for formidable
But while the obstacles to evidence-based governance are formidable, they are not insurmountable.
At Michigan, he would be a formidable recruiter, able to evoke the tradition of his former iconic coach, Bo Schembechler.Is Any College Football Coach Worth $60 Million? Jim Harbaugh Is|Jesse Lawrence|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She has been formidable from start to finish, and is one of the hardest workers in the company.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mired in ideological warfare, America faces her most formidable opponent yet— herself.The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die?|Goldie Taylor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the settlers are a formidable constituency and felt threatened having all those Palestinians around.
The common serpent was unknown to us; but with our voices alone we managed to make a formidable noise.Christmas Stories from French and Spanish writers|Antoinette Ogden
Of the two-shot holes, the fourth is excellent, and has a formidable second shot over a big and boarded bunker.The Golf Courses of the British Isles|Bernard Darwin
During that year there was a formidable insurrection of the slaves in Apulia.The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End|Titus Livius
After the giants, came the turn of land and sea monsters, who were almost as formidable as they themselves.Myths of the Rhine|X. B. Saintine
M'tela was a formidable myth, gradually taking shape as a reality.The Leopard Woman|Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for formidable
Word Origin for formidable
Word Origin and History for formidable
mid-15c., from Middle French formidable (15c.), from Latin formidabilis "causing fear, terrible," from formidare "to fear," from formido "fearfulness, fear, terror, dread." Related: Formidably.