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lalda222

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Dear Teachers, Please explain the word ' formidably' here. She is formidably shrewd.




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She is shrewd. (cunning, crafty, astute, knowing,)
How shrewd?
In an "awesome" way.

You are probably never going to use "formidably" in your lifetime!!
 

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I'm not a teacher. That said, I would just like to add to the excellent definitions given above that "formidably" in this context often carries a connotation of fear, possibly discomfort, or grudging respect. The phrase "formidably intelligent" or "a formidable intellect" is often used here in NZ in a political context, when politicians are discussing an opponent. It is a compliment, but it definitely suggests that the person using the description would be happier if person being described was not so "formidably" intelligent.
 
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