- 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 intimidating
The mother, Emily Kruse, was charged with obstructing justice and intimidating a witness.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
Thanksgiving may be about family, but that comes with an intimidating collection of double-edged swords.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
Eventually, Scott began stopping by the offices and intimidating editors into covering his music.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
Brienne of Tarth is back on the road—a far more worldly and intimidating figure than her hapless male squire, Podrick Payne.Game of Thrones’ Ep. 5 'First of His Name' Recap: An Ode to the Women of Westeros
May 5, 2014
The group helped set the pattern Bloomberg is using to lend his intimidating campaign some moral heft.Money and Guns: How We Escape Our Existential Dread
April 18, 2014
I was on the point of saying this, but Schomberg's stare was intimidating.Falk
"Vow it then, madame," cried the prince, furious at not intimidating his victim.Laboulaye's Fairy Book
The tone of the press there was intimidating, particularly toward Russia.
As to intimidating me, or changing my course, the thing cannot be done.American Sketches
Every thing had been done by the Indians to render this show as intimidating as possible.
- 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 intimidating
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