fearsome

adjective
fear·​some | \ ˈfir-səm \

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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Braveheart features the Battle of Stirling, where the Scots used long spears to disable fearsome English cavalry. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 The Liverpool forward -- part of a fearsome front line alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino -- expects Bambali to grind to a halt as the 2,000 inhabitants all stop to watch him play in the European showpiece. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Mane sends 300 Liverpool jerseys to home village in Senegal," 25 May 2018 Drum lines, which use baited hooks to catch the fearsome predators, ensnared five tiger sharks, one which was 12 feet long, Queensland authorites said. Fox News, "Six sharks killed after attack on swimmers near Great Barrier Reef," 24 Sep. 2018 His time at the Merseyside club saw him develop into one of the most fearsome attackers in England, and his departure will certainly leave the Reds with work to do in terms of finding a replacement. SI.com, "Liverpool Release Information to Supporters Who Bought Philippe Coutinho Replica Shirts," 7 Jan. 2018 Just think of the pervasive pop culture examples: Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada is one of the most famous, a fearsome leader whose abusive behavior people tolerate or look past in light of her expertise, brilliance, and power. Jessica Press, Redbook, "Women Need to Know They Don't Have to Take Bullying in the Workplace," 19 Sep. 2018 The more fearsome-sounding V-Plump, Ms. Barshop said, injects fillers and your own blood plasma into the labia majora to smooth and plump. Laren Stover, New York Times, "The Selfie That Dares to Go There," 7 July 2018 Nvidia also says that the tensor cores and ray-tracing hardware unlock new possibilities in creative applications, and the card’s fearsome firepower and massive memory pool gives it potent chops in traditional rendering tasks, too. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Meet T-Rex: Nvidia's Titan RTX is the new graphics card mega-monster," 3 Dec. 2018 Eckhaus Latta brought us to Brooklyn, Anna Sui erected a grand bazaar, Telfar took over a helipad, and Calvin Klein turned its headquarters into a fearsome beach scene right out of Jaws—and that was just New York. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna, Celine, and That Versace Deal—The 10 Biggest Stories of the Spring 2019 Season," 5 Oct. 2018

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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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fearsome

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fearsome

: causing fear : very frightening

fearsome

adjective
fear·​some | \ ˈfir-səm \

Kids Definition of fearsome

: very frightening a fearsome growl

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