- 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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Examples from the Web for intimidated
I would have told them, ‘Do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.Should the U.S. Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?
December 21, 2014
Is it possible that Sclove felt pressured or intimidated in ways Kopin did not notice or understand?Exclusive: Brown University Student Speaks Out on What It’s Like to Be Accused of Rape
June 8, 2014
Mendoza then approached Colombian contractors, but they were far too intimidated by the ever-present menace of Escobar.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
He has intimidated and humiliated the fledgling pro-European government in Kiev.Obama’s Nuclear Summit Aimed to Stop Terrorists. Now Putin’s the Issue.
Christopher Dickey, Jamie Dettmer, Nadette De Visser
March 25, 2014
According to Bachmann, the gay community has “bullied the American people” and “intimidated politicians.”Fringe Factor: Liberal Professors Should Be Shot
March 16, 2014
Surely thou must fancy that I am to be intimidated by the ravings of a woman.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Gervaise was intimidated by this strange reception and felt uneasy.L'Assommoir
She was intimidated; she was a woman and she could not help herself.The Eternal City
Some they bought—some they ruined—some they intimidated—some they destroyed by calumny.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
Why were the poor men to be threatened, intimidated, bullied by armed force?Recollections
David Christie Murray
- to make timid or frightened; scare
- to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail