- 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 unintimidated
The Atlantic: “In Bruce Allen Murphy, Scalia has met a timely and unintimidated biographer ready to probe.”The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)
July 6, 2014
Water-fowl of gorgeous plumage sport in the stream, unintimidated by the approach of man.Daniel Boone
John S. C. Abbott
In the month that followed Cromwell Biron pressed his suit persistently, unintimidated by Cecily's antagonism.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904
Lucy Maud Montgomery
The haughty minister, unintimidated even by the menace of the tongs, ventured to countermand an order which the king had issued.Louis XIV., Makers of History Series
John S. C. Abbott
Unintimidated by the repeated failures of preceding attempts, he followed up his plans with as much resolution as sagacity.Narrative of a Voyage to the West Indies and Mexico
Samuel de Champlain
- 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 unintimidated
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