re·​doubt·​able | \ ri-ˈdau̇-tə-bəl How to pronounce redoubtable (audio) \

Definition of redoubtable

1 : causing fear or alarm : formidable
2 : illustrious, eminent broadly : worthy of respect

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redoubtably \ ri-​ˈdau̇-​tə-​blē How to pronounce redoubtable (audio) \ 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."

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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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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of redoubtable

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

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