- 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.
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Examples from the Web for intimidation
Contemporary Examples of intimidation
The Toronto Star reported that three different women (all unnamed) alleged all manner of harassment and intimidation.Jian Ghomeshi’s Very Canadian Sex Scandal
October 29, 2014
Thus the rumor as well as the reality of the threat is used for intimidation.Acid Attacks on Women Spread Terror in Iran
October 18, 2014
“No” campaigners and journalists have reported bullying and intimidation.Scots Must Choose Heart or Head
September 18, 2014
Threats, intimidation, and the usual Internet vitriol sprouted.How Not to Reply to a Racist Tweet
August 11, 2014
Hundreds of families moved out of their homes in Diyala province due to intimidation.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
Ben Van Heuvelen
June 21, 2014
Historical Examples of intimidation
His intimidation had worked upon her conscience and driven her to the confessional.The Eternal City
Can you state any case where you enforced a false demand by intimidation?Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
No administration ever yet tried to govern Ireland except by intimidation.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
And yet, in so far as the intimidation goes, it did its work.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
When intimidation and force fail, a good general has recourse to strategy.Tom, The Bootblack
- to make timid or frightened; scare
- to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail
Word Origin for intimidate
Word Origin and History for intimidation
1650s, noun of action from intimidate; perhaps modeled on French intimidation.