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Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being formidable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being formidable, or adapted to excite dread.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being formidable, or adapted to excite dread.

Etymologies

formidable +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Generations of Soviet school children were taught that belief in God was a scientific absurdity, but apparently many remained unconvinced of the “formidableness” (is that a word) of knowledge to demolish belief in God.

    Atheists against postage stamps « Anglican Samizdat

  • Immediately this musty record of man's land lust assumes the formidableness of a battle — the quick struggling with the dust.

    Jack London's Kohler and Frohling Winery Ruins

  • The formidableness of the operation was matched by the severity of the patient's predicament.

    In the Heart of Cardiac Care

  • And when the hardy training and general high efficiency are considered down to the youth of sixteen, one may estimate the formidableness of such a foe, all well mounted on tough and nimble horses, well provisioned and provided with the best weapons extant, guided by very competent chiefs and European advisers -- withal self-reliant and conscious of a superior aggressive and defensive capability for repeating their splendid ancestral records of prowess.

    Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.) The Conspiracy of the 19th Century Unmasked

  • Generally, we felt that even if Emma wanted a way out, which we guessed to be the fact, she would never expose herself to our batteries, and with regret we opined that there was no way, had we wished, to divest ourselves of our collective formidableness.

    The Collectors

  • Probably Mr. Sawyer was deterred from following his rule in this case by the formidableness of the necessary parenthesis; but there is as much reason why he should have written _klibanon_ instead of "oven," as there is for substituting _lepton_ for "farthing," or _modius_ for

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 17, March, 1859

  • With every word the formidable Zenas Henry increased in formidableness.

    Flood Tide

  • On the contrary, its formidableness was the result of tradition rather than of fact.

    The Wall Between

  • Immediately this musty record of man's land lust assumes the formidableness of a battle -- the quick struggling with the dust.

    Chapter XXXVII

  • To march an army of preponderous strength through level and fertile country, flanked by friendly war-ships and backed by unassailable credit; to meet and overcome a much smaller and far less rich army, intrenched behind earthworks of doubtful formidableness, and finally to besiege and capture an isolated city of more historic than strategic advantages, seemed on the face of it as easy as rolling a barrel downhill or eating when hungry.

    Aladdin O'Brien

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