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intimidate

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪt
 
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Definition of intimidate in English:

verb

Frighten or overawe (someone), especially in order to make them do what one wants: the forts are designed to intimidate the nationalist population (as adjective intimidating) the intimidating defence barrister
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
frighten, menace, terrify, scare, alarm, terrorize, overawe, awe, cow, subdue, discourage, daunt, unnerve;
threaten, domineer, browbeat, bully, pressure, pressurize, harass, harry, hound, hector, torment, plague;
tyrannize, persecute, oppress
informal push around/about, lean on, bulldoze, steamroller, railroad, twist someone's arm, use strong-arm tactics on
North American informal bullyrag

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
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: /-ˈdeɪt(ə)ri/
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.

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