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Definition inspiring fear or worthy of respect
  • His bristled with ten iron beaks, so that Jehan could have disputed with Nestor's Homeric vessel the redoubtable title of ~dexeubolos~.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He told it was relish for he was delighted that someone had the courage to face down his redoubtable daughter-in-law.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Meanwhile she folds up a cocked hat for that redoubtable old general at Bath, descriptive of her melancholy condition.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Berserker was a redoubtable hero in Scandinavian mythology, the grandson of the eight-handed Starkodder and the beautiful Alfhilde.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The redoubtable Lady Tarbeck responded by capturing three Lannisters, including young Stafford, whose sister was betrothed to cousin Tywin.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • There must be something, somewhere, large and grand and redoubtable enough to justify this shining reliance and implicit belief.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • It is said this Fremen force already had captured the Duke's redoubtable Thufir Hawat.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • They remain, I suspect, a redoubtable seduction tool.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • In the mean time, the children of Esther were true to the spirit they had inherited from their redoubtable mother.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • To the youth it was an onslaught of redoubtable dragons.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • And Yohn Royce, mightiest of them all, the redoubtable Bronze Yohn, Lord of Runestone, Nestor's cousin and the chief of the senior branch of House Royce.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • In this terrible moment when she faced ruin, my mother was confronted by a redoubtable enemy.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • It was one of those moments when he was exercising without control, but subject to all the scruples of a severe conscience, his redoubtable discretionary power.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Tonight we welcome in, our midst the famous King Pellinore, whose labours in riddin' our forest of the redoubtable Questin' Beast are known to all-God bless King Pellinore.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But White Fang, uncompanionable, solitary, morose, scarcely looking to right or left, redoubtable, forbidding of aspect, remote and alien, was accepted as an equal by his puzzled elders.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • These two kings, and the Spanish king, being assembled to witness and judge the conflict, the French champion appeared; but so redoubtable was he, that our English knights refused to measure weapons with him.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Why, what the dickens has come to the fellow?" said the old gentleman, as Laurie came running downstairs and brought up with a start of surprise at the astounding sight of Jo arm in arm with his redoubtable grandfather.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • If the latter, gratitude must close our mouths; but if the former, both Cora and I shall have need to draw largely on that stock of hereditary courage which we boast, even before we are made to encounter the redoubtable Montcalm.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • You, farmers, agricultural labourers! you pacific pioneers of a work that belongs wholly to civilization! you, men of progress and morality, you have understood, I say, that political storms are even more redoubtable than atmospheric disturbances!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • But I learned at my expense that Father believed there was another animal even more dangerous than us, and one that was extremely common, too, found on every continent, in every habitat: the redoubtable species Animalus anthropomorphicus, the animal as seen through human eyes.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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