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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feer-suh m]
    • /ˈfɪər səm/
    • /ˈfɪə.səm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feer-suh m]
    • /ˈfɪər səm/

Definitions of fearsome word

  • adjective fearsome causing fear: a fearsome noise. 1
  • adjective fearsome causing awe or respect: a fearsome self-confidence. 1
  • adjective fearsome afraid; timid. 1
  • noun fearsome Frightening, especially in appearance. 1
  • abbreviation FEARSOME frightening 1
  • adjective fearsome imposing 1

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Origin of fearsome

First appearance:

before 1760
One of the 46% newest English words
First recorded in 1760-70; fear + -some1

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Parts of speech for Fearsome


fearsome popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fearsome

adj fearsome

  • scary — causing fright or alarm.
  • awe-inspiring — If you describe someone or something as awe-inspiring, you are emphasizing that you think that they are remarkable and amazing, although sometimes rather frightening.
  • impressive — having the ability to impress the mind; arousing admiration, awe, respect, etc.; moving; admirable: an impressive ceremony; an impressive appearance.
  • intimidating — to make timid; fill with fear.
  • imposing — very impressive because of great size, stately appearance, dignity, elegance, etc.: Notre Dame, Rheims, and other imposing cathedrals of France.

adjective fearsome

  • alarming — Something that is alarming makes you feel afraid or anxious that something unpleasant or dangerous might happen.
  • afraid — If you are afraid of someone or afraid to do something, you are frightened because you think that something very unpleasant is going to happen to you.

Antonyms for fearsome

adj fearsome

  • calming — soothing; tranquillizing
  • soothing — that soothes: a soothing voice.
  • ineffective — not effective; not producing results; ineffectual: ineffective efforts; ineffective remedies.
  • unimportant — of much or great significance or consequence: an important event in world history.
  • trivial — of very little importance or value; insignificant: Don't bother me with trivial matters.

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