redoubtable

adjective
re·​doubt·​able | \ri-ˈdau̇-tə-bəl \

Definition of redoubtable 

1 : causing fear or alarm : formidable

2 : illustrious, eminent broadly : worthy of respect

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Other Words from redoubtable

redoubtably \ri-​ˈdau̇-​tə-​blē \ adverb

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The word redoubtable is worthy of respect itself, if only for its longevity; it has been used in English for things formidable since at least the 15th century. This "dread"-ful term comes to us through Middle English from the Anglo-French verb reduter, meaning "to dread," and ultimately derives from duter, meaning "to doubt." Things or people that are formidable and alarming can also inspire awe and even admiration, however, and it wasn't long before the meaning of redoubtable was extended from "formidable" to "illustrious" and "worthy of respect."

Examples of redoubtable in a Sentence

There is a new biography of the redoubtable Winston Churchill. his next opponent, the reigning champion, would be by far the most redoubtable adversary the young boxer had ever faced

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Either way, Brian Cox stars as the redoubtable patriarch in this new 10-part drama, co-produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "18 New Shows to Watch This Summer," 29 May 2018 Sunnyvale is reasonably close to the San Francisco and San Jose airports, and less than 10 miles from that redoubtable tech feeder, Stanford University. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "The scramble for Sunnyvale: Tech companies in ‘arms race’ for office space," 12 May 2018 Chanticleer: The redoubtable men’s chorus performs works on martial and military themes by Byrd, Janequin, Mason Bates, Jennifer Higdon and more. San Francisco Chronicle, "Date Lines," 10 Jan. 2018 And finally there’s the redoubtable Danielle Steel, who according to Wikipedia is the fourth-best-selling writer of fiction in history, right behind Agatha Christie, Shakespeare and Barbara Cartland. Robert Gottlieb, New York Times, "A Roundup of the Season’s Romance Novels," 26 Sep. 2017 Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. www.sfsymphony.org Chanticleer: The redoubtable men’s chorus performs works on martial and military themes by Byrd, Janequin, Mason Bates, Jennifer Higdon and more. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. San Francisco Chronicle, "SFChronicle critics’ picks: What to do the week of Jan. 7," 4 Jan. 2018 But his redoubtable memory of every New York sports happening since the '50s allowed him to pull his shtick off. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Mike Francesa Bids Farewell to WFAN, Sports Talk Radio in Fitting Fashion," 15 Dec. 2017 The redoubtable Dave Neiwert has finally finished his magnum opus about the alt-right and the rise of modern neo-fascism. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Republican Tax Bill is a Sham and a Con," 15 Dec. 2017 The redoubtable reptilian mascot, which made its debut in 1999, was conceived by the Martin Agency to both reinforce Geico’s name and help the public figure out how to pronounce it. Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, "It Began With a Gecko. Mayhem (and Flo and Peyton) Ensued.," 17 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of redoubtable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for redoubtable

Middle English redoutable, from Anglo-French, from reduter to dread, from re- + duter to doubt

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redoubtable

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English Language Learners Definition of redoubtable

: causing or deserving great fear or respect : very powerful, impressive, etc.

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