This week, i was called redoubtable – in a national musical context. i now realise is a compliment! i did have to look it up…but now it my favourite word! REDOUBTABLE
(of a person) formidable, especially as an opponent.
“he was a redoubtable debater”
||formidable, awe-inspiring, fearsome, daunting, alarming;
“he had already proved himself a redoubtable commander of troops”
late Middle English: from Old French redoutable, from redouter ‘to fear’, from re-(expressing intensive force) + douter ‘to doubt’.
i looked it up a few places.. and am taking it as resolute…not fearful…and willing to TRY again…not a quitter….would that do? 🙂 and am taking it as a HUGE compliment.
1. Arousing fear or awe; formidable.
2. Worthy of respect or honor.
[Middle Englishredoubtabel, from Old Frenchredoutable, fromredouter, to dread : re-, re- + douter, to doubt, fear; seedoubt.]
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1. to be feared; formidable
2. worthy of respect
[C14: from Old French, fromredouter to dread, from re- + douter to be afraid, doubt]
(rɪˈdaʊ tə bəl) adj.
1. evoking fear; fearsome; formidable.
2. commanding respect or reverence.
[1325–75; Middle Englishredoutable
< Middle French,
– + douter
) + -able-able