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redoubtable (adj.)

late 14c., of persons, "worthy of honor, venerable" (a sense now obsolete); late 15c., "that is to be dreaded or feared, formidable, terrible," also often "valiant," from Old French redoutable (12c.), from redouter "to dread," from re-, intensive prefix, + douter "be afraid of" (see doubt (v.)).

The verb also was in Middle English, redouten, "to fear, dread; stand in awe or apprehension of; honor" (late 14c., from Old French) and was used through 19c., though OED marks it "now rhetorical."

updated on June 06, 2021

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Definitions of redoubtable from WordNet

redoubtable (adj.)
inspiring fear; "a tougher and more redoubtable adversary than the heel-clicking, jackbooted fanatic"- G.H.Johnston;
Synonyms: formidable / unnerving
redoubtable (adj.)
worthy of respect or honor;
born of a redoubtable family
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