overawe

[ oh-ver-aw ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈɔ /

verb (used with object), o·ver·awed, o·ver·aw·ing.

to restrain or subdue by inspiring awe; intimidate: He often uses that imperious scowl to overawe his subordinates.

Nearby words

  1. overarch,
  2. overarching,
  3. overarm,
  4. overate,
  5. overattentive,
  6. overbalance,
  7. overbank,
  8. overbear,
  9. overbearing,
  10. overbid

Origin of overawe

First recorded in 1570–80; over- + awe

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British Dictionary definitions for overawe

overawe

/ (ˌəʊvərˈɔː) /

verb

(tr) to subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe
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Word Origin and History for overawe

overawe

v.

1570s, from over- + awe (v.). Perhaps coined by Spenser. Related: Overawed; overawing.

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