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intimidate

Syllabification: in·tim·i·date
Pronunciation: /inˈtiməˌdāt
 
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Definition of intimidate in English:

verb

Frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants: he tries to intimidate his rivals (as adjective intimidating) the intimidating defense lawyer
More example sentences
  • The running dogs of the masculinist oppressors will never intimidate me!
  • Don't let politicians or the media browbeat you, intimidate you or lie about you.
  • Although he was quite intimidated by her appearance, the butler gathered up all of his nerve to speak to her.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 17th century: from medieval Latin intimidat- 'made timid', from the verb intimidare (based on timidus 'timid').

Derivatives

intimidatingly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • At every machine an earnest young (or not-so-young but trying to look it) person pumps bleakly away, intimidatingly burning those extra pounds, trimming those recalcitrant inches.
  • On Fridays, the whole place was filled - magically - by people intimidatingly cooler than me by far, and I wouldn't want to displease them by showing my personality, and instead mainly relied on requests.
  • Walk into his student lodgings and realise they're straight out of one of those intimidatingly white interior design magazines expensive hairdressing salons leave on their coffee-tables.

intimidator

2
Pronunciation: /-ˌdātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Many coaches are professional bullies and intimidators.
  • Those who sympathise with victims' families, in their plight, must show it by facing down the intimidators and helping to bring them before the courts.
  • This town is being held hostage by mugs, thugs, murderers and intimidators.

intimidatory

3
Pronunciation: /-dəˌtôrē/
adjective
Example sentences
  • He could not understand the need for so many people to attend if the aim was merely peaceful persuasion: threats of violence and intimidatory language were inconsistent in any event with such peaceful persuasion.
  • The violence is indirect and intimidatory as much as coercive, certainly, although its intent is not to convert but to drive out those who identify with the victims.
  • The riot squad were quite provocative, aggressive and intimidatory.

Words that rhyme with intimidate

consolidatedilapidate

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