Meaning of fearsome in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɪəs(ə)m/

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  • Frightening, especially in appearance.

    ‘the cat mewed, displaying a fearsome set of teeth’
    • ‘She has also been a fearsome opponent and a merciless landlord but it is all a game to her.’
    • ‘For an inning or two, he could be a fearsome opponent, but he had his ups and downs.’
    • ‘To frighten his enemies, he began to wear a fearsome mask when he went into battle.’
    • ‘Highlights of the royal collection include the painted miniatures, costumes and fearsome weapons.’
    • ‘Each account of him during such conversations adds more details, making him more fearsome.’
    • ‘His fearsome set brought the curtain down on a fantastic final day, with some of the major highlights away from the main stage.’
    • ‘In the meantime they are spending their days playing table tennis and pool and consuming fearsome quantities of beer.’
    • ‘Only one man has the muscular good looks and personal courage to stand up to these fearsome freaks of nature.’
    • ‘The name alone is enough to strike fearsome loathing in some and unmitigated adulation in others.’
    • ‘This group of lawyers is as renowned for fearsome intellect as it is for hard-line conservative politics.’
    • ‘The name's the same but the fearsome reputation has taken a battering.’
    • ‘A small but fearsome array of tools was prepared, and the immediate area cleared.’
    • ‘You didn't question this because they were so fearsome and merciless, and all they wanted to do was conquer and kill.’
    • ‘Later that day, the fearsome fivesome was back in the car, heading towards Manitoba.’
    • ‘Two-dozen youngsters, all under seven, turned up on Tuesday to revel in the fearsome delights.’
    • ‘They did their work well and acquired the fearsome reputation of brutality and violence.’
    • ‘He has climbed the fearsome Matterhorn and is quietly confident that the trip to France in July will end in success.’
    • ‘As she has grown into an adolescent, she has developed a fearsome temper.’
    • ‘Like you, we've had some fearsome arguments about colour schemes, carpets and curtains.’
    • ‘I spent much of the time looking out of the window at the fearsome weather.’
    frightening, horrifying, terrifying, menacing, chilling, spine-chilling, hair-raising, alarming, startling, unnerving, daunting, formidable, forbidding, dismaying, mean-looking, disquieting, disturbing, harrowing
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