adjective Etymology: Middle English redoutable, from Anglo-French, from reduter to dread, from re- + duter to doubt Date: 15th century 1. causing fear or alarm ; formidable 2. illustrious, eminent; broadly worthy of respect • redoubtably adverb

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  • Redoubtable — Re*doubt a*ble ( ?*b l), a. [F. redoutable, formerly also spelt redoubtable.] Formidable; dread; terrible to foes; as, a redoubtable hero; hence, valiant; often in contempt or burlesque. [Written also {redoutable}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • redoubtable — [ri dout′ə bəl] adj. [ME redowtable < MFr redoutable < redouter, to fear, dread < L re , intens. + dubitare, to DOUBT] 1. formidable; fearsome [a redoubtable foe] 2. commanding respect [a redoubtable logician] redoubtably adv …   English World dictionary

  • redoubtable — index formidable, indomitable, inexpugnable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • redoubtable — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. redoutable (12c.), from redouter to dread, from re , intensive prefix, + douter be afraid of (see DOUBT (Cf. doubt)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • redoubtable — ► ADJECTIVE often humorous ▪ (of a person) formidable, especially as an opponent. DERIVATIVES redoubtably adverb. ORIGIN Old French redoutable, from redouter to fear …   English terms dictionary

  • redoubtable — [[t]rɪda͟ʊtəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as redoubtable, you respect them because they have a very strong character, even though you are slightly afraid of them. ...the redoubtable Mr Brooks... He is a redoubtable fighter.… …   English dictionary

  • redoubtable — re|doubt|a|ble [rıˈdautəbəl] adj literary [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: redouter to fear , from douter to doubt ] someone who is redoubtable is a person you respect or fear ▪ He had never met a more redoubtable fighter …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • redoubtable — adjective literary someone who is redoubtable is a person you respect or fear: He was not looking forward to facing the redoubtable Mrs Macclesfield …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • redoubtable — adjective Eliciting respect or fear; imposing; awe inspiring. The redoubtable New York Times has been called the newspaper of record of the United States …   Wiktionary

  • redoubtable — adjective a redoubtable army commander Syn: formidable, awe inspiring, fearsome, daunting; impressive, commanding, indomitable, invincible, doughty, mighty …   Thesaurus of popular words

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