Etymology
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fearsome (adj.)

"causing fear," 1768, from fear (n.) + -some (1). Occasionally used badly in the sense "timid," which ought to stick to fearful. Related: Fearsomely; fearsomeness.

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Definitions of fearsome

fearsome (adj.)
causing fear or dread or terror;
Synonyms: awful / dire / direful / dread / dreaded / dreadful / fearful / frightening / horrendous / horrific / terrible
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