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overawe

[oh-ver-aw] /ˌoʊ vərˈɔ/
verb (used with object), overawed, overawing.
1.
to restrain or subdue by inspiring awe; intimidate:
He often uses that imperious scowl to overawe his subordinates.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; over- + awe
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overawe

/ˌəʊvərˈɔː/
verb
1.
(transitive) to subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe
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Word Origin and History for over awe

overawe

v.

1570s, from over- + awe (v.). Perhaps coined by Spenser. Related: Overawed; overawing.

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