transitive verb Date: 1579 to restrain or subdue by awe

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  • Overawe — O ver*awe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overawed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overawing}.] To awe exceedingly; to intimidate or subjugate or restrain by awe or great fear. [1913 Webster] The king was present in person to overlook the magistrates, and overawe… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overawe — index browbeat, deter, intimidate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • overawe — (v.) 1570s, coined by Spenser from OVER (Cf. over) + AWE (Cf. awe). Related: Overawed; overawing …   Etymology dictionary

  • overawe — ► VERB (usu. be overawed) ▪ subdue or inhibit with a sense of awe …   English terms dictionary

  • overawe — [ō΄vər ô′] vt. overawed, overawing to overcome or subdue by inspiring awe …   English World dictionary

  • overawe — /oh veuhr aw /, v.t., overawed, overawing. to restrain or subdue by inspiring awe; intimidate: He often uses that imperious scowl to overawe his subordinates. [1570 80; OVER + AWE] * * * …   Universalium

  • overawe — verb a) To restrain, subdue, or control by awe, fear, or superior influence. None do you [churchmen] like but an effeminate prince, Whom, like a school boy, you may over awe. ― Shakespeare …   Wiktionary

  • overawe — Synonyms and related words: abash, awe, beat down, break, browbeat, bulldoze, bully, castrate, clamp down on, coerce, compel, cow, daunt, despotize, deter, discomfit, disconcert, discourage, dishearten, dominate, domineer, domineer over, enslave …   Moby Thesaurus

  • overawe — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. intimidate, daunt, abash, cow; impress. See fear …   English dictionary for students

  • overawe — o|ver|awe [ˌəuvərˈo: US ˌouvərˈo:] v [T usually passive] to make someone feel respect or fear, so that they are nervous or unable to say or do anything ▪ He was totally overawed by his father. >overawed adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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