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).

intimidated
pp. adj. from intimidate.
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Example sentences
He is one of the great number of those who seek authority, who want to be
  dazzled, intimidated.
The sound of his voice, noble and affecting, gained those hearts which his
  presence intimidated.
Awesome enough for professionals to lust over, and easy enough that sewing
  novices aren't intimidated.
Since the tablet will be such a part of their lives, they won't be intimidated
  by the technology.
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