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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
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.
Leading the pretour was Frances Brook, a redoubtable Englishwoman with an authoritative manner and a flowery hat.
His hundreds of shows for PBS — with and without the redoubtable Julia Child — were undoubtedly in part where the cult of the celebrity chef got its start.
There is a fine scene between Kane's Elwood and the redoubtable A.C. Smith, who plays the presiding doctor.
Trump might develop a problem with our redoubtable FBI director, who doesn't leave with the outgoing administration and has stared down a president before.
This consummate French actress/writer/director/singer is likely to love Redoubtable, the new film from The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius, a romantic biopic about legendary director Jean-Luc Godard.
This project sounds like a shoddy knock-off, despite the presence of the redoubtable Edie Falco.
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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
Synonymsalarming, dire, direful, dread, dreadful, fearsome, forbidding, formidable, frightening, frightful, ghastly, hair-raising, horrendous, horrible, horrifying, intimidating, fearful, scary, shocking, spine-chilling, terrible, terrifying
Related Wordsdaunting, demoralizing, disconcerting, discouraging, dismaying, disquieting, distressing, disturbing, perturbing, startling, threatening, troubling, trying, unnerving; bone-chilling, creepy, eerie (also eery), weird; appalling, atrocious, awful, grisly, gruesome (also grewsome), hideous, horrid, macabre, monstrous, nightmarish
Near Antonymscalming, comforting, consoling, inviting, lulling, pacifying, quieting, reassuring, relaxing, soothing, tranquilizing (also tranquillizing); nonintimidating, nonthreatening
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