fear·​some | \ ˈfir-səm How to pronounce fearsome (audio) \

Definition of fearsome

1a : causing fear a fearsome monster
b : intense, extreme fearsome determination

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Other Words from fearsome

fearsomely adverb
fearsomeness noun

Examples of fearsome in a Sentence

at night the child would always imagine that there were fearsome monsters lurking under his bed after working all afternoon in the hot sun, I had developed a fearsome thirst

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Credited with taking one of the most fearsome photos ever of Pipeline, English has transformed his award-winning photo and numerous others into collectible elements of art, apparel and accessories, including posters and prints. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New businesses include hotels in Encinitas, Escondido," 11 July 2019 Backed by thousands of fans clad in blue shirts, and the colors of the Indian flag painted across their faces, this was supposed to be a formality for one of the most fearsome batting line-ups in world cricket. James Masters, CNN, "India crashes out to New Zealand in Cricket World Cup semifinal," 10 July 2019 His most fearsome challenge in professional baseball came while pitching for Durham. Ryan Kolakowski, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville baseball star Brendan McKay was dominant in his Tampa Bay Rays debut," 29 June 2019 Short of the Aces, the Sparks were considered surefire contenders for the championship and, after the acquisition of Chiney Ogwumike from the Connecticut Sun, L.A. was expected to have one of the most fearsome frontcourts in the league. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "No More Balance in L.A.: Sparks Continue to Struggle Despite Candace Parker’s Return," 24 June 2019 The Timbers have historically been one of the most fearsome teams at home in MLS. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers focused on making the most of home-heavy schedule," 21 June 2019 Davis will join LeBron James to form one of the most fearsome duos in NBA history. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Anthony Davis dealt to Lakers; Celtics look to youth, Draft," 15 June 2019 With the latest swarm, there is one silver lining: Two of the most fearsome faults in Southern California — the San Andreas and San Jacinto — are not particularly close. Rong-gong Lin Ii, latimes.com, "Southern California earthquake swarm takes an unexpected turn, and that’s reason to worry," 8 June 2019 Nebraska Omaha: The Tyrannosaurus rex is enshrined in pop culture and, well, natural history as one of the most fearsome beasts to ever walk the earth. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of fearsome

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fearsome

fear entry 1 + -some entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fearsome

: causing fear : very frightening


fear·​some | \ ˈfir-səm How to pronounce fearsome (audio) \

Kids Definition of fearsome

: very frightening a fearsome growl

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