- 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 intimidatory
Ruffling of the abdominal feathers emphasizes their yellow color and seemingly heightens the intimidatory effect.
They might have been a brace of Irish Members for all their intimidatory effect on my illustrious companion.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front
E. W. Hornung
- 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 intimidatory
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