[ in-tim-i-deyt ]
/ ɪnˈtɪm ɪˌdeɪt /
verb (used with object), in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing.
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
SYNONYMS FOR intimidate
in·tim·i·da·tion, nounin·tim·i·da·tor, nounin·tim·i·da·to·ry [in-tim-i-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈtɪm ɪ dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·in·tim·i·dat·ed, adjective
Can be confusedintimate intimidate
1. See discourage.
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Examples from the Web for intimidatory
Ruffling of the abdominal feathers emphasizes their yellow color and seemingly heightens the intimidatory effect.Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon|Jon C. Barlow
They might have been a brace of Irish Members for all their intimidatory effect on my illustrious companion.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front|E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for intimidatory
/ (ɪnˈtɪmɪˌdeɪt) /
to make timid or frightened; scare
to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail
Derived Formsintimidating, adjectiveintimidation, nounintimidator, noun
Word Origin for intimidate
C17: from Medieval Latin intimidāre, from Latin in- ² + timidus fearful, from timor fear
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Word Origin and History for intimidatory
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