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  • She is a formidable opponent.
  • a fierce and formidable beast
  • The challenge is formidable.
  • had a formidable array of compositions to his credit

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  • the formidable army of brains at the Prime Minister’s disposal
  • No important institution is ever merely what the law makes it. It accumulates about itself traditions, conventions, ways of behaviour, which are not less formidable in their influence.
    Harold Laki
  • the formidable prospect of major surgery
  • Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.
    Ronald Reagan
  • He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • "It is nothing very formidable," he said,
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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  • That formidable seafaring man with one leg has at last gone clean out of my life;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • This accomplished, the outfit, though cut in half, was still a formidable bulk.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • He also was trembling, like Paris, on the brink of an obscure and formidable revolution.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Such was the formidable rival with whom Ichabod Crane had to contend,
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Know then, O my formidable guest, that because of my extreme poverty I have never married and have no child.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • "But we have formidable aviation," the corporal said.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • She was both formidable and vulnerable,
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I fear this power (if it exists at all) is formidable indeed.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Alexandra’s Sunday corset was even more formidable than her everyday ones.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "Combat against a formidable foe," Cain says.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • All her attention was given to her job, which was a formidable one, since there was only one nurse for every fifty babies.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • She was formidable but still friendly, a no-nonsense player when it came to doing time, and a cheerful Christian who was quick with a wry observation.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I said no a lot because it made me happy to be wrapped in her formidable arms.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Scattered around him, and staring at me with deep suspicion, were the fourteen large and formidable Huskies which made up his team.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I can tell he’s a formidable opponent by the way the others warily approach him even though he is injured and far outnumbered.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • His saxophone skills were so formidable, I was certain he would become the foremost jazz instrumentalist of his generation, and if you think it’s easy to get half a million views on YouTube playing jazz saxophone, think again.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • They made a formidable pair, gods help them all.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Sometimes the enemy was large and formidable, such as a hippo slipper; sometimes it was one pink, defenseless eraser.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • But now, gazing upward at the most formidable-looking being we had ever encountered, we huddled closer to Papa.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Mrs Which’s voice rolled formidably across the hall.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • She reads, During the entire day, a formidable school of sharks followed the ship, but the logic that is supposed to link each word to the next fails her.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • When I was certain that the cold was my most formidable enemy, I was challenged one morning by a prowling, spectral nemesis that crept along the lowcountry as silent as an egret’s flight—the fog.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Isn’t it incredible, isn’t it formidable?"
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Elaine Risley, looking anything but formidable in a powder-blue jogging suit that’s seen better days, nevertheless can come out with a few pungent and deliberately provocative comments on women today."
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • It was guarded by a locked door, opened by a truly formidable key which Geilie produced from her apron pocket; it must have been at least six inches long, with a broad fretwork head ornamented with a vine-and-flower pattern.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Instead of a wizened crone, I’m met with a formidable woman made of steel and shadow.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • From any angle, it was formidable.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • PARRIS: Goody Ann, it is a formidable sin to conjure up the dead!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • She looked formidable as she walked back to rejoin the group.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • In spite of his formidable appearance he had a certain charm of manner.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Finally, there was the formidable difficulty of navigation.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • No matter how formidable cruel pretties were, surprise still had its advantages.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • Two other boys had looked formidable, and Liesel had a feeling in her stomach that Rudy could not win this one.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Chekmar held in leash three formidable wolfhounds, who had, however, grown fat like their master and his horse.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But don’t even try to go around him and bawl out one of his guys, because he could be a formidable adversary when riled.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The telescope, a formidable instrument mounted upon a tripod, stood upon the flat leads of the house.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • But now they were on the far side of one of the enemy’s most formidable groups; they had, with terrible losses, passed through. and now they had covered more than half the distance to the enemy’s planet.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • It is not their gastric juices that limit hyenas, but the power of their jaws, which is formidable.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • When Mr. Wandati eventually buckled—which didn’t surprise me, Nila was a woman of formidable will—I informed Saboor and offered to drive him and Pari to Kabul.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Willow is formidable that way.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
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