- Causing fear, dread, awe, or discouragement as a result of size, strength, or some other impressive feature; commanding respect; causing wonder or astonishment.
- 1823, [Walter Scott], “The Contrast”, in Quentin Durward. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I, Edinburgh: Printed [by James Ballantyne and Co.] for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., OCLC 892089432 ↗, page 3 ↗:
- The latter part of the fifteenth century prepared a train of future events, that ended by raising France to a formidable power, which has ever since been, from time to time, the principal object of jealousy to the other European nations.
- Difficult to defeat or overcome.
- a formidable opponent
- French: formidable
- German: respekteinflößend, furchteinflößend, furchterregend, gewaltig, beachtlich
- Portuguese: formidável
- Russian: гро́зный
- Russian: труднопреодоли́мый