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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.


in an intimidating manner
References in classic literature ?
And, when he had sniffed and registered the particular odour, Jerry must growl intimidatingly and win a quick eye-glance of approval from Skipper.
Michael, in Steward's arms, was snarling and growling intimidatingly, not merely at the cow whale but at all the hostile and menacing universe that had thrown panic into the two-legged gods of his floating world.
He can't let her down, not least because her intimidatingly overprotective dad (Dennis Farina) happens to be his health care company boss.
The Racquets Club however has found a perfect middle ground - it's not as intimidatingly posh as a private club, but neither does it have the chlorine stench and yellow lighting of your average leisure centre.
However, these are minor quibbles in a sparky, wildly original and intimidatingly funny show.
To a rather shy and quiet Irish/English person (my main contribution to Artforum at the time, I'm quite sure, was a trivial willingness to work ninety-hour weeks), she was intimidatingly glamorous; but besides being sparkling in both her perceptions and her style, she was always warm and always utterly a pleasure.
His supporters were said to have stuffed ballot boxes with votes for the leader and pro-Milosevic armed police were posted intimidatingly outside voting stations.
Harry's grandfather Nat Kipner and father Steve both set the bar intimidatingly high for success by creating hit songs with artists such as Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams, Bee Gees, Olivia Newton John, Chicago, Christina Aguilera, Joe Cocker, Cher, Natasha Bedingfield, and The Script.
In 1961 Bridgeman said sculpture often appeared to youngsters a "remote, arty grown-up aberration associated with vast, resounding, slippery-floored museums, usually roped off from young, meddling fingers, or at best intimidatingly labelled 'Do not Touch'".
Cannon was said to have called Gandy a "little s***" after staring at him intimidatingly .
She is popular because of her accessibility - conventionally attractive, but not intimidatingly beautiful.