verb (past browbeat; past participle browbeaten)[with object]
- Intimidate (someone), typically into doing something, with stern or abusive words: a witness is being browbeaten under cross-examinationMore example sentences
bully, hector, intimidate, force, coerce, compel, badger, dragoon, cow, bludgeon, persecute, domineer, oppress, pressure, pressurize, tyrannize, terrorize, menace, subjugate, use strong-arm tactics on; harass, harry, hound, nag, goad, boss about/around
- Don't let politicians or the media browbeat you, intimidate you or lie about you.
- And, to believe that ‘fighting back’ consists of browbeating our elected politicians into standing up and denouncing Republican badness and wrongness is infantile.
- They're condemning and browbeating anyone who questions any of this, branding dissenters as unpatriotic and treasonous.
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- ‘They were the browbeaters,’ said a former defense intelligence official who attended some of the meetings in which Wolfowitz and others pressed for a different approach to the assessments they were receiving.
- ‘Laurie can be effective, but also heavy-handed and a browbeater,’ said one politically active Hollywood insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
- The punctilious playwright is no issue-driven browbeater; he simply loves an exchange of dialogue regardless of the subject matter's latitude.