- causing fear, apprehension, or dread: a formidable opponent.
- of discouraging or awesome strength, size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating: a formidable problem.
- arousing feelings of awe or admiration because of grandeur, strength, etc.
- of great strength; forceful; powerful: formidable opposition to the proposal.
Origin of formidable
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Examples from the Web for formidably
I have myself written that Paul seems a formidably clever pol and stands a very good chance of being the Republican nominee.Don't Believe the Rand Paul Hipster Hype
March 24, 2014
She was so formidably manned that all attempts to board her failed.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Mr. Bender indeed, formidably advancing, scarce had use for this assistance.The Outcry
"But since you've raised this question I'll insist," said Will formidably.The Great Sioux Trail
Apparently it seemed to the Swede that he was formidably menaced.The Monster and Other Stories
Coburn said formidably, "We'd study them and try to make friends."The Invaders
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
- arousing or likely to inspire fear or dread
- extremely difficult to defeat, overcome, manage, etca formidable problem
- tending to inspire awe or admiration because of great size, strength, excellence, etc
Word Origin and History for formidably
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.