transitive verb (-dated; -dating) Etymology: Medieval Latin intimidatus, past participle of intimidare, from Latin in- + timidus timid Date: 1646 to make timid or fearful ; frighten; especially to compel or deter by or as if by threats <
tried to intimidate a witness
intimidatingly adverbintimidation nounintimidator noun Synonyms: intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat mean to frighten into submission. intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another <
intimidated by so many other bright freshmen
. cow implies reduction to a state where the spirit is broken or all courage is lost <
not at all cowed by the odds against making it in show business
. bulldoze implies an intimidating or an overcoming of resistance usually by urgings, demands, or threats <
bulldozed the city council into approving the plan
. bully implies intimidation through threats, insults, or aggressive behavior <
bullied into giving up their lunch money
. browbeat implies a cowing through arrogant, scornful, or contemptuous treatment <
browbeat the witness into a contradiction

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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