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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This is surely the first movie to weaponize that most fearsome of terrors: a giant Hello Kitty Pez dispenser. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Review: 'Ant-Man' sequel is a less-is-more triumph," 5 July 2018 Volcanoes are fearsome and stunning all at once—a reminder of the violent side of nature. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Look Into the Hellfire Heart of One of the World's Most Active Volcanoes," 19 Mar. 2015 The effect is of watching an oracle divine fearsome and inscrutable truths from on high, then render them into stories fit for mortals. Jordan Larson, The Cut, "Rachel Cusk’s Rules for Living," 25 June 2018 Past all the fearsome isolation of Gilead, there are other principles of cultic systems on full display in Hulu’s dystopian tale. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018 Japan’s fearsome Kempeitai (military police) and its thuggish Chinese puppet government included—to turn a blind eye to the no-man’s-land that evolved west of those concessions. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 Liverpool have an abundance of attacking options, with the fearsome front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as well as England youngsters Dominic Solanke and Rhian Brewster among their ranks. SI.com, "Newcastle Target Liverpool Striker as Alternative Attacking Option for New Season," 10 July 2018 Pavard has been one of the revelations of the World Cup, tearing up and down France's right flank and forming a fearsome, incisive partnership with teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe . John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Without parents' sacrifices, there would not be World Cup stars," 9 July 2018 Several songs broached topics that are exceptionally touchy for many in country’s predominantly white, rural audience, and even more fearsome for radio programmers who try to avoid controversy at all costs. Randy Lewis, latimes.com, "‘I can’t stay completely silent’: Country music’s Jason Isbell looks inward in examining a ‘White Man’s World’," 29 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of fearsome

: causing fear : very frightening


fear·some | \ ˈfir-səm \

Kids Definition of fearsome

: very frightening a fearsome growl

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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