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
Recent Examples on the Web There appear to be many fearsome competitors who will be waging war against one another for $200,000 and the keys to a totally tough-person truck when Tough as Nails premieres July 8 on CBS. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Pint-size ticket agent inspires fear in Tough as Nails premiere," 6 July 2020 The 36-year-old kindergarten teacher from Shandong province had left formal education in 2004 after taking the gaokao, China’s fearsome university-entrance exam. The Economist, "Another kind of test As students prepare for China’s college-entrance exam, a scandal brews," 5 July 2020 Many titles date from an era when children’s books, and the illustrations in them, could be surprisingly fearsome. Richard Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Public Library, BiblioTech and other websites offer free ebooks," 2 July 2020 Miller, the Broncos’ fearsome edge rusher, usually hosts the Pass Rush Summit in person for the best pass rushers in the game, but his fourth annual extravaganza was conducted Zoom style amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Myles Garrett participates in Von Miller’s virtual Pass Rush Summit; leaps over defender for a slam dunk," 26 June 2020 Running behind a fearsome offensive line, Mr. Kiick, fullback Larry Csonka and halfback Mercury Morris propelled the Dolphins to three Super Bowls and back-to-back titles in the 1972 and 1973 seasons. Ken Belson, BostonGlobe.com, "Jim Kiick, Dolphins’ perfect season running back, dies at 73," 21 June 2020 Diary-form problems notwithstanding, the action sequences are riveting – the hulking sasquatches make for thrillingly fearsome opponents. Eliot Schrefer, USA TODAY, "Review: 'World War Z' author Max Brooks wreaks havoc with Bigfoot in 'Devolution'," 16 June 2020 In early literature and storytelling, trolls were often violent monsters or fearsome, intelligent guardians dwelling in mountains, rocks, or deep in the forest. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "This Copenhagen artist turns trash into trolls," 15 June 2020 For 2020, Mack will be part of a fearsome 1-2 punch. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Big-name Colts headed into contract seasons. Who will be back?," 2 June 2020

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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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The first known use of fearsome was in 1768

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9 Jul 2020

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“Fearsome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fearsome. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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