intimidate

[in-tim-i-deyt]
verb (used with object), intimidated, intimidating.
1.
to make timid; fill with fear.
2.
to overawe or cow, as through the force of personality or by superior display of wealth, talent, etc.
3.
to force into or deter from some action by inducing fear: to intimidate a voter into staying away from the polls.

Origin:
1640–50; < Medieval Latin intimidātus, past participle of intimidāre to make afraid, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + timid(us) timid, afraid + -ātus -ate1

intimidation, noun
intimidator, noun
intimidatory [in-tim-i-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
unintimidated, adjective
unintimidating, adjective

intimate, intimidate.


1. frighten, subdue, daunt, terrify. See discourage.


1. calm. 3. encourage.
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intimidate (ɪnˈtɪmɪˌdeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to make timid or frightened; scare
2.  to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin intimidāre, from Latin in-² + timidus fearful, from timor fear]
 
in'timidating
 
adj
 
intimi'dation
 
n
 
in'timidator
 
n

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intimidate
1640s, from M.L. intimidatus, pp. of intimidare "to frighten, intimidate," from L. in- "in" + timidus "fearful" (see timid).
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Example sentences
We do not deny, intimidate, insult and blackmail to cover up the error.
If the purpose of the harsh sentence was to intimidate others, it has not
  worked well.
It will sharply increase the opportunity of corporations to tempt or intimidate
  congressmen facing reelection campaigns.
He is also a scold who can intimidate the market into doing what he wants it to
  do.
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