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Definition intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
  • She is a formidable opponent.
formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • The challenge is formidable.
  • formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • a fierce and formidable beast
  • had a formidable array of compositions to his credit
  • 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 army of brains at the Prime Minister's disposal
  • 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
  • the formidable prospect of major surgery
  • Such was the formidable rival with whom Ichabod Crane had to contend,
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • She was both formidable and vulnerable,
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • 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
  • formidable = intimidating (arousing fear or challenging)
  • Why they objected to Miss Maudie's yard was a mystery, heightened in my mind because for someone who spent all the daylight hours outdoors, Miss Maudie's command of Scripture was formidable.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • formidable = impressive or intimidating
  • He also was trembling, like Paris, on the brink of an obscure and formidable revolution.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • "But we have formidable aviation," the corporal said.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • I fear this power (if it exists at all) is formidable indeed.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • "It is nothing very formidable," he said,
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • From any angle, it was formidable.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • formidable = impressive or intimidating
  • That formidable seafaring man with one leg has at last gone clean out of my life;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • This accomplished, the outfit, though cut in half, was still a formidable bulk.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • formidable = intimidating or impressive
  • 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
formidable = intimidating or impressive

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