the act of inducing fear or awe:The true motive of most street harassment is intimidation.
the act or process of attempting to force or deter an action by inducing fear:She spoke passionately about the violence and intimidation suffered by African Americans in Mississippi seeking to register to vote.
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How to use intimidation in a sentence
Efforts to delegitimize voting by mail, threats to intimidate voters at polling places, and other insidious forms of voter suppression have all challenged the integrity of the electoral process.
That perception itself could be enough to intimidate voters and lower turnout for groups who believe they’d be targeted.
The social network said it plans to clamp down further on posts aimed at intimidating voters.Facebook tightens rules on political posts and ads as the presidential election nears | Danielle Abril | October 7, 2020 | Fortune
Four former eBay employees will admit to conspiracy to commit cyberstalking in an elaborate scheme to intimidate a blogger critical of the company.Four ex-eBay employees to admit guilt in cyberstalking plot | Verne Kopytoff | September 23, 2020 | Fortune
You may have heard they can’t be cleaned with soap—but don’t be intimidated.Metal scrubbers to keep your cast iron skillet in pristine condition | PopSci Commerce Team | September 23, 2020 | Popular-Science
The Toronto Star reported that three different women (all unnamed) alleged all manner of harassment and intimidation.
Thus the rumor as well as the reality of the threat is used for intimidation.
This story is likely to be messaging a threat/intimidation from the effective coup in the US.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid? | Michael Moynihan | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“No” campaigners and journalists have reported bullying and intimidation.
Of course, physical intimidation is not the only way to discourage unwanted reporting.Violent Assaults on Reporters in Russia Go Unpunished | Anna Nemtsova | September 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He repudiated his oath at Carlisle as extorted by force and intimidation, and professed a compelling sense of patriotism.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
She had a faint hope that the room might intimidate this Western girl, but instead of intimidation there was exultation.The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It was then contrary to my orders,” Captain Dronestein declared, “and in any case it was not intended for intimidation.Mysterious Mr. Sabin | E. Phillips Oppenheim
Crook, who believed in intimidation, advised them to yell and cheer as much as possible.South American Fights and Fighters | Cyrus Townsend Brady
In the Philadelphia tailors' case, the journeymen were convicted on the charge of intimidation.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman