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formidable

for·mi·da·ble

formidable

 
 
pronunciation:
for mih d bl [or] for mih d bl
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: exceptionally difficult; daunting.
Building the pyramids was a formidable task.
synonyms:
daunting, forbidding, intimidating, mighty
antonyms:
simple
similar words:
arduous, difficult, herculean, mind-boggling, tough
definition 2: causing fear or hesitation; fearsome or intimidating.
The Vikings were a formidable foe.
synonyms:
feared, forbidding, frightening, intimidating, redoubtable
antonyms:
comforting
similar words:
dread, dreaded, dreadful, frightful, grim, portentous, scary
definition 3: causing awe or admiration by some superlative characteristic such as strength.
synonyms:
awesome, mighty, redoubtable
similar words:
awe-inspiring, awful, dread, dreadful, exceptional, forceful, great, imposing, impressive, overwhelming, portentous, powerful, terrific, tremendous
derivations: formidably (adv.), formidableness (n.)