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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
Recent Examples of redoubtable from the Web
Chanticleer: The redoubtable men’s chorus performs works on martial and military themes by Byrd, Janequin, Mason Bates, Jennifer Higdon and more.
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.
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.
But his redoubtable memory of every New York sports happening since the '50s allowed him to pull his shtick off.
The redoubtable Dave Neiwert has finally finished his magnum opus about the alt-right and the rise of modern neo-fascism.
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.
This was a tough to act to follow, but the soloist on Saturday was also redoubtable: the soprano Barbara Hannigan, one of new music’s reigning divas, in an experimentally florid recent work by Salvatore Sciarrino.
During the three-hour tour, our guide, the redoubtable Terry Cotter, regaled us with tales of African safaris and animal anecdotes.
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Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of redoubtable
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
alarming, dire, direful, dread, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, forbidding, formidable, frightening, frightful, ghastly, hair-raising, horrendous, horrible, horrifying, intimidating, scary, shocking, terrible, terrifying;
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