- to make timid; fill with fear.
- to overawe or cow, as through the force of personality or by superior display of wealth, talent, etc.
- to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear: to intimidate a voter into staying away from the polls.
Origin of intimidate
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1. frighten, subdue, daunt, terrify.
1. See discourage.
1. calm. 3. encourage.
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Examples from the Web for intimidate
And nowadays, politicians and CEOs frequently employ the color to command respect and intimidate.Scarlet Is the New Black
August 31, 2014
When ISIS beheaded an American journalist, it meant to intimidate—and provoke—the United States.Obama vs. ISIS: This Time It's Personal
August 22, 2014
On Sunday, Iroquois defenders used them to intimidate and pummel Canadians in a second-half surge.A Millennium After Inventing the Game, the Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower
July 21, 2014
You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population.The Conservatives' Great Black Hope
May 19, 2014
Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been detained by a pro-Russian faction as part of a campaign to intimidate journalists.Putin’s Men in Ukraine Seize U.S. Journalist
April 23, 2014
But think not it is by way of menace, or to intimidate you to favour me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
In short, though you can intimidate him, you cannot bluff him.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
Was it not, then, the shout the warriors make when they wish to intimidate their enemies?The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Circumstances were not the same as before, however, and he failed to intimidate them.The Fortune of the Rougons
Was the fool about to intimidate him with talk of supernatural vengeance?Love-at-Arms
- to make timid or frightened; scare
- to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail
C17: from Medieval Latin intimidāre, from Latin in- ² + timidus fearful, from timor fear
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Word Origin and History for intimidate
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