intimidating


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in·tim·i·date

 (ĭn-tĭm′ĭ-dāt′)
tr.v. in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing, in·tim·i·dates
1. To make timid; fill with fear: The size of the opposing players intimidated us.
2. To coerce or deter, as with threats: The police intimidated the suspect into signing a false statement.

[Medieval Latin intimidāre, intimidāt- : Latin in-, causative pref.; see in-2 + Latin timidus, timid; see timid.]

in·tim′i·dat′ing·ly adv.
in·tim′i·da′tion n.
in·tim′i·da′tor n.
Synonyms: intimidate, browbeat, cow2, bully1
These verbs all mean to frighten into submission, compliance, or acquiescence. Intimidate implies the presence or operation of a fear-inspiring force: "It [atomic energy] may intimidate the human race into bringing order into its international affairs" (Albert Einstein).
Browbeat suggests the persistent application of highhanded, disdainful, or imperious tactics: browbeating a witness. Cow implies bringing out an abject state of timorousness and often demoralization: a dog that was cowed by abuse. To bully is to intimidate through blustering, domineering, or threatening behavior: workers who were bullied into accepting a poor contract.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.intimidating - discouraging through fear
discouraging - depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action; "where never is heard a discouraging word"

intimidating

adjective frightening, alarming, terrifying, menacing, dismaying, scary (informal), daunting, fearsome, unnerving, spooky (informal), hair-raising, baleful, bloodcurdling He was a huge, intimidating figure.
Translations

intimidating

[ˌɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪtɪŋ] ADJamedrentador, intimidante

intimidating

[ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪtɪŋ] adj [person, place] → intimidant(e)
He was a huge, intimidating figure → C'était un personnage intimidant, d'une stature gigantesque.
References in classic literature ?
This gentle expression was the more interesting because the schoolmaster's nose, an irregular aquiline twisted a little on one side, had rather a formidable character; and his brow, moreover, had that peculiar tension which always impresses one as a sign of a keen impatient temperament: the blue veins stood out like cords under the transparent yellow skin, and this intimidating brow was softened by no tendency to baldness, for the grey bristly hair, cut down to about an inch in length, stood round it in as close ranks as ever.
The ferocity of their fierce faces was accentuated by the upturned, bristling tiger cat's teeth which protruded from every ear; while the long feathers of the Argus pheasant waving from their war-caps, the brilliant colors of their war-coats trimmed with the black and white feathers of the hornbill, and the strange devices upon their gaudy shields but added to the savagery of their appearance as they danced and howled, menacing and intimidating, in the path of the charging foe.
She stamped her foot at him to be gone, and uttered a harsh and intimidating cry.
Therefore the hair stood up on end along his back and his lips wrinkled weakly in an attempt at a ferocious and intimidating snarl.
He was sprawling along between some bushes, when he heard a sharp intimidating cry.
Lord Galloway had edged up to his daughter, and was intimidating her in what he imagined to be an undertone.
But she was not a girl to run away from an intimidating impression of solitude and mystery.
sternly demanded the Teton chieftain, after he found that the immovable features of the trapper refused to betray any of their master's secrets, under his intimidating look.
Develop a system to detect and receive reports of unprofessional behavior, and use nonconfrontational interaction strategies to address intimidating and disruptive behavior within the context of an organizational commitment to the health and well-being of all staff and patients.
ENGLAND fans were last night urged to turn the new Wembley into bear-pit - by providing an intimidating wall of noise for the Euro 2008 double-header against Israel and Russia.
The slightly built, scholarly looking Maddux isn't intimidating or imposing, and neither is his stuff.
It can be an intimidating thing for a small operator that has been working exclusively in the Sudbury area for a number of years, but that's where Palangio can help.