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Redoubtable

[re-DOW-də-bl]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Late Middle English, mid 1300s

1.

(humorous) (of a person) Formidable, especially as an opponent.

Examples of Redoubtable in a sentence

"He was a redoubtable chess player, but still had to fight nerves before every match."

"John earned his redoubtable reputation after leading his team to several victories."

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About Redoubtable

This word developed in Late Middle English by way of the Old French word “redoutable,” which comes from the combination of the words “redouter” (to fear) + “douter” (to doubt).

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Video game developers specialize in creating formidable antagonists. The goal is for a game to start at a moderate amount of difficulty, which increases as the player progresses and becomes more familiar with the material. The main villain, often referred to as the final boss, is the most redoubtable character and the hardest to overcome.

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