American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Causing or capable of causing fear: "The Devil is a fearsome enemy” ( Jimmy Breslin).
- adj. Fearful; timid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Causing fear; fearful; frightful; dreadful.
- Timid; apprehensive; frightened: as, “a silly, fearsome thing,”
- adj. frightening, especially in appearance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Scotch Frightful; causing fear.
- adj. Easily frightened; timid; timorous.
- adj. causing fear or dread or terror
“WEINSTEIN: Well, politics is part of what I call the fearsome foursome -- sex, money, religion and politics.”
“Cthulhu is gonna be really pissed when he finds out they called his fearsome snoring "The Bloop".”
“I don’t always agree with Microsoft (Dare works at MS), and of course I’m scared of them, but I’m scared of Google too and at one point Tim’s employer threw its weight around in fearsome ways, but come on, keep the personal attacks out of it.”
“You seem to be knee-deep in what my aunt calls the fearsome fours.”
“The boxer once known as fearsome Iron Mike showed more than rust last night.”
“Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is known as the fearsome face of his country's new aggressive foreign policy, has irked his British counterpart David Miliband with a tirade of four-letter abuse when the duo discussed about Georgia, a British newspaper reported Friday.”
“Matai Shang rose and, leaning over the edge of the balcony, gave voice to the weird call that I had heard from the lips of the priests upon the tiny balcony upon the face of the Golden Cliffs overlooking the Valley Dor, when, in times past, they called the fearsome white apes and the hideous plant men to the feast of victims floating down the broad bosom of the mysterious Iss toward the silian-infested waters of the Lost Sea of Korus.”
“A kind of fearsome icy-scary tough young girl with the temper of a thousand firey dragons, brash bravery of a hundred newbie privates and the unstoppable, unbendable will of time.”
“Unfortunately the beauteous Dawn's unannounced visit to the protagonists law offices coincides with the arrival of one of their "fearsome" clients, Sodd a bit of a bog-monster, and the frightened model faints dead away.”
“TOOBIN: I think one of her biggest problems, is that she has a reputation as kind of fearsome, as a perfectionist, as someone who is personally unpleasant.”
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