Definition of formidable
- a formidable prospect
- a formidable opponent
- a formidable accomplishment
The mountains were a formidable barrier.
He has mastered a formidable amount of material.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
arduous, Augean, backbreaking, challenging, demanding, difficult, effortful, exacting, grueling (or gruelling), hard, heavy, herculean, killer, laborious, moiling, murderous, rigorous, rough, rugged, severe, stiff, strenuous, sweaty, tall, testing, toilsome, tough, uphill;
abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, elusive, hairy, insoluble, intricate, involved, knotty, opaque, problematic (also problematical), recondite, serious, spiny, stubborn, thorny, ticklish, tricky;
: very powerful or strong : deserving serious attention and respect
: very difficult to deal with
: large or impressive in size or amount
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