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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 of overawe
1570-1580
1570-80; over- + awe
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  • Being a violent-tempered old man, he attempted by bluster to overawe the boy into surrendering his authority.

    Admiral Farragut A. T. Mahan
  • Not a single soldier is to be found in our domain to overawe or protect society.

    Robert Toombs Pleasant A. Stovall
  • She sent forth hordes to mob printing-presses, overawe the ballot-box, substitute the bowie-knife and revolver for the civil law.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • He wanted to overawe Dick; but somehow Dick wouldn't be overawed.

    Fame and Fortune Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • A detachment of European troops is generally stationed here to overawe the fanatical Moplahs.

  • Alva built a —— in the heart of Antwerp to overawe the city.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • And had he begun to build his castles to stun and overawe the rabbles that pass his door?

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Also they have brought in a number of hard citizens—what are known as 'gunmen'—to overawe us.

    Desert Conquest A. M. Chisholm
  • His enemies knew that if he were once allowed to get a hearing, his authority might even yet overawe the waverers.

  • The demon assumed every shape of horror to overawe the enemies of his freedom.

    The Weird Orient Henry Iliowizi
British Dictionary definitions for overawe

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 overawe
v.

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

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