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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Stalin's fearsome secret police
▪ Great big and fearsome Dimetrodon, a species of dinosaur, was the most powerful creature.
▪ He would be a fearsome opponent.
▪ There was the other, fearsome, face of royalty.
▪ They watched him intently, like a group of schoolboys would a fearsome master.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fearsome \Fear"some\ (f[=e]r"s[u^]m) a.

  1. Frightful; causing fear. [Scotch] ``This fearsome wind.''
    --Sir W. Scott

  2. Easily frightened; timid; timorous. ``A silly fearsome thing.``
    --B. Taylor

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


a. 1 frightening, especially in appearance. 2 (context rare or archaic English) fearful, frightened


adj. causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse" [syn: awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible]


Fearsome may refer to:

  • Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, With a Few Desert and Mountain Beasts
  • Fearsome critters, term from early lumberjack folklore for a variety of mythical beasts
  • Fearsome Five, fictional group of comic book supervillains from DC Comics
  • Fearsome Four, college rugby national championship tournament
  • Fearsome Foursome (American football), title used in reporting American Professional Football
  • Fearsome Foursome (comics), fictional supervillain group in the Marvel Comics universe

Usage examples of "fearsome".

It had a fearsome stink and Alec and There choked, half blinded, in the midst of it.

They are fearsome appearing brutes at best, but when they are aroused they are fully as dangerous as they look.

It was down one of the endlessly dividing data branches growing out of that single muffled reference to the set of synthetic genes that had been derived from the embryonic switching mechanisms of the axolotl and the fearsome dragonfly nymph.

Such people point to the most fearsome of the barbarian nations, the Franks and the Huns, whose leaders are all soldiers by training and custom, and who denigrate book learning as unworthy of their skills.

Ulaid was once more a feoff of the Western Isles of Scotland, its king his vassal and, therefore, henceforth under his fearsome protection.

In due time, the Regulus had sent formal notification to the Ard-Righ and all other nearby rulers that, as in archaic times, Ulaid was once more a feoff of the Western Isles of Scotland, its king his vassal and, therefore, henceforth under his fearsome protection.

It had a wide gateless archway for an entrance with fearsome monsters carved in the stone.

All this time Bertha Kircher was a wide-eyed and terrified spectator to what, as she thought, could end only in a terrific battle between these frightful beasts, and when Zu-tag and his followers began screaming forth their fearsome challenge, the girl found herself trembling in terror, for of all the sounds of the jungle there is none more awe inspiring than that of the great bull ape when he issues his challenge or shrieks forth his victory cry.

Being a devoted mammalogist, Mia vastly enjoyed making love to the most fearsome mammal in the known universe, thrilling to the feel of his savage power inside her.

I tried to protect you, but you defied me, ran away, consorted with a foreigner, and have been traveling through Nold at a time when our lands are under fearsome attack.

Great Master Nuk, he who graciously throttles the universe, from the fearsome House of Sinanju.

How could a fearsome creature like the Sacar be afraid of anything at all?

I am lodged in the old Dutch Stadthaus, formerly the residence of the Dutch Governor, and which has enough of solitude and faded stateliness to be fearsome, or at the least eerie, to a solitary guest like myself, to whose imagination, in the long, dark nights, creeping Malays or pilfering Chinamen are far more likely to present themselves than the stiff beauties and formal splendors of the heyday of Dutch ascendancy.

He was a fearsome looking sort, with his wild hair and unkept beard, and dealing with miners was dangerous.

The long boat ride up the Danube had ended in Moldova Veche, where she had managed, with her Romanian phrase book, to engage two brothers, young Stefan, who spoke a little Latin, and his fearsome brother Mihai, to take her as far as Horazu.