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"Fearsome" is an adjective which is often translated as "espantoso", and "fearful" is an adjective which is often translated as "temeroso". Learn more about the difference between "fearsome" and "fearful" below.
fearsome
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (terrifying)
a. espantoso
A fearsome warrior appeared on a chariot.Un guerrero espantoso apareció en una cuadriga.
b. aterrador
By dawn, a fearsome army had surrounded the castle.Para el amanecer, un ejército aterrador había rodeado el castillo.
2. (imposing)
a. tremendo
The boxer knew she was going up against a fearsome opponent.La boxeadora sabía que se enfrentaba a una tremenda oponente.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (frightened)
a. temeroso
We were fearful and anxious until we learned that she hadn't been hurt in the accident.Estuvimos temerosos y preocupados hasta que nos enteramos de que había salido ilesa del accidente.
b. miedoso
The dog had been mistreated in the past and was now fearful around people.En el pasado habían maltratado al perro y ahora era miedoso alrededor ante la gente.
2. (terrifying)
a. terrible
He had to slay a fearful dragon before he could rescue the princess.Tuvo que matar a un terrible dragón antes de poder rescatar a la princesa.
b. espantoso
She suffered fearful visions in which she was falling from the sky.Sufría visiones espantosas en las que se caía del cielo.
c. horrible
The dungeon they were imprisoned in was a fearful place: damp, dark, and full of rats.El calabozo donde estaban presos era un lugar horrible: húmedo, oscuro y lleno de ratas.
3. (very great)
a. tremendo
I heard a fearful crash next door, followed by someone swearing.Oí un estrépito tremendo en la habitación de al lado y luego a alguien maldiciendo.
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