formidable vs redoubtable what difference

what is difference between formidable and redoubtable

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French formidable, from Latin formīdābilis (formidable, terrible), from formīdō (fear, dread).

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːɹmɪdəbəl/, IPA(key): /fɔːɹˈmɪdəbəl/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /fɔːˈmɪdəbəl/, /fəˈmɪdəbəl/

Adjective

formidable (comparative more formidable, superlative most formidable)

  1. Causing fear, dread, awe, or discouragement as a result of size, strength, or some other impressive feature; commanding respect; causing wonder or astonishment.
  2. Difficult to defeat or overcome.

Translations


Catalan

Etymology

From Latin formīdābilis.

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic) IPA(key): /foɾ.miˈda.blə/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /fur.miˈda.blə/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /foɾ.miˈda.ble/

Adjective

formidable (masculine and feminine plural formidables)

  1. formidable

Derived terms

  • formidablement

Further reading

  • “formidable” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
  • “formidable” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
  • “formidable” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
  • “formidable” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.

French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin formīdābilis (formidable, terrible), from formīdō (fear, dread).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fɔʁ.mi.dabl/

Adjective

formidable (plural formidables)

  1. (dated or literary) fearsome
  2. fantastic, tremendous

Further reading

  • “formidable” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

formidable

  1. definite singular of formidabel
  2. plural of formidabel

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

formidable

  1. definite singular of formidabel
  2. plural of formidabel

Occitan

Etymology

From Latin formīdābilis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

formidable m (feminine singular formidabla, masculine plural formidables, feminine plural formidablas)

  1. formidable

Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin formidabilis.

Adjective

formidable (plural formidables)

  1. great, fantastic, tremendous
  2. formidable

Derived terms

  • formidablemente

Further reading

  • “formidable” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.


English

Etymology

Borrowed from French redoutable (spelled redoubtable in early modern French).

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈdaʊtəbəl/

Adjective

redoubtable (comparative more redoubtable, superlative most redoubtable)

  1. Eliciting respect or fear; imposing; awe-inspiring.
    The redoubtable New York Times has been called the “newspaper of record” of the United States.
  2. (obsolete) Valiant.

Derived terms

Translations


French

Adjective

redoubtable (plural redoubtables)

  1. Archaic spelling of redoutable.

Middle French

Adjective

redoubtable m or f (plural redoubtables)

  1. fearsome

Descendants

  • French: redoutable

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