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 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 On the field, he was considered one of the greatest and most-fearsome defenders of his era. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati: How Jaap Stam describes his head coaching style," 2 June 2020 The Mongols and the Ming Having toppled the Song and ascended to the Chinese imperial throne in 1279, Kublai built up a truly fearsome naval force. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 5 May 2020 The youngest humans are a fearsome force, the last source of any real vigor in society, but unrestrained by any social mores. Jack Butler, National Review, "The End Is Near? Three Apocalyptic Novels," 14 Mar. 2020 These workarounds are effective, and a reminder that the U.S. was a fearsome fighting force long before GPS came around. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Turned Off GPS To Rehearse a War Without It," 1 Feb. 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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The first known use of fearsome was in 1768

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27 Jun 2020

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“Fearsome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fearsome. Accessed 7 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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