考研 CET6 IELTS TOEFL SAT TEM8
- It still has formidable defences to protect it against an exodus of capital.
- It was the pinnacle of his presidency, yet it lulled him, not to mention some potentially formidable Democrats, into assuming his re-election was certain.
[adjective] inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable
Formidable 一词源自拉丁语 formidare （使害怕），15世纪中期经古法语 formidable （可怕的、令人生畏的）进入英语开始用来表示“引起恐惧的”。
He became furious at her brazen admission that she had been cheating on him. His formidable look frightened her.
They have overcome formidable obstacles to bridge the chasm between them.
反过来往好了说时， formidable 则相应表示由于形状巨大、数量众多、出类拔萃等而“令人惊叹的、令人钦佩的”或者说“巨大的、优秀的、杰出的”，比如：
She was so reticent about her achievements that nowadays few people know that she was one of the most formidable intellects of her time.
They possess a formidable arsenal of rifles, machine guns, landmines and teargas.
In work on public wellbeing there are still many areas where we fall short; and poverty alleviation remains a formidable task. There are still large disparities in development between rural and urban areas, between regions, and in income distribution; and our people face many difficulties in employment, education, healthcare, housing, and elderly care.
出自十九大报告《决胜全面建成小康社会 夺取新时代中国特色社会主义伟大胜利》（Secure a Decisive Victory in Building a Moderately Prosperous Society in All Respects and Strive for the Great Success of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era）。
- intimidating: having a frightening, overawing, or threatening effect
- forbidding: unfriendly or threatening in appearance
- redoubtable: (of a person) formidable, especially as an opponent