Definition of redoubtable in English:

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redoubtable

Pronunciation: /rɪˈdaʊtəb(ə)l/

adjective

often humorous
(Of a person) formidable, especially as an opponent: he was a redoubtable debater the redoubtable ladies
More example sentences
  • A sportsman to his fingertips, the redoubtable John Joe has left many of us with some tremendous memories of his hurling and footballing feats.
  • Sure, they are redoubtable opponents, but brawny, one-dimensional teams deficient in natural ability will not seriously challenge the world's best.
  • ‘If that was the case then they clearly reckoned without Mrs Hiley, a redoubtable lady who has stuck to her guns throughout,’ he said.
Synonyms
formidable, awe-inspiring, fearsome, daunting, alarming;
impressive, commanding, tremendous, indomitable, invincible, resolute, doughty, mighty, strong, powerful

Derivatives

redoubtably

adverb
Example sentences
  • But in the Sparta corner was, most redoubtably if less predictably, the equally progressive thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French redoutable, from redouter 'to fear', from re- (expressing intensive force) + douter 'to doubt'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: re|doubt|able

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