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intimidating

[ in-tim-i-dey-ting ]
/ ɪnˈtɪm ɪˌdeɪ tɪŋ /
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adjective
Sometimes in·tim·i·da·to·ry [in-tim-i-duh-tawr-ee] /ɪnˈtɪm ɪ dəˌtɔr i/ . intended to frighten someone or to force or stop someone’s action through fear: We will not be sucked in to your macho agenda by intimidating threats of violence or seductive promises of power.
causing timidity, hesitancy, or anxiety, especially because of difficulty or risk; daunting: The day-to-day operations of the healthcare environment can be overwhelming and intimidating to the point of paralysis.
causing someone to feel overawed or cowed, as through force of personality or superior display of wealth, talent, rank, etc.: All the others had gone to Harvard or Yale, and I was just a country hick; it was intimidating, for sure.
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Origin of intimidating

OTHER WORDS FROM intimidating

un·in·tim·i·dat·ing, adjective
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