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intimidate

[in-tim-i-deyt] /ɪnˈtɪm ɪˌdeɪt/
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
1640-1650
1640-50; < Medieval Latin intimidātus, past participle of intimidāre to make afraid, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + timid(us) timid, afraid + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
intimidation, noun
intimidator, noun
intimidatory
[in-tim-i-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈtɪm ɪ dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unintimidated, adjective
unintimidating, adjective
Can be confused
intimate, intimidate.
Synonyms
1. frighten, subdue, daunt, terrify. See discourage.
Antonyms
1. calm. 3. encourage.
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Examples for intimidate
  • 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.
  • But the fading pop icon has shown he still has the power to intimidate key prosecution witnesses.
  • Every design professional has an opening pitch designed to both entice and intimidate the client.
  • Other behaviors are not necessarily illegal but are abusive and controlling, designed to intimidate or instill fear.
British Dictionary definitions for intimidate

intimidate

/ɪnˈtɪmɪˌdeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make timid or frightened; scare
2.
to discourage, restrain, or silence illegally or unscrupulously, as by threats or blackmail
Derived Forms
intimidating, adjective
intimidation, noun
intimidator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin intimidāre, from Latin in-² + timidus fearful, from timor fear
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Word Origin and History for intimidate
intimidate
1640s, from M.L. intimidatus, pp. of intimidare "to frighten, intimidate," from L. in- "in" + timidus "fearful" (see timid).
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