intimidation


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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:
Noun1.intimidation - the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do somethingintimidation - the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something
aggression - deliberately unfriendly behavior
frightening, terrorisation, terrorization - the act of inspiring with fear
2.intimidation - the feeling of discouragement in the face of someone's superior fame or wealth or status etc.
discouragement, disheartenment, dismay - the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
3.intimidation - the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
4.intimidation - a communication that makes you afraid to try something
discouragement - the expression of opposition and disapproval

intimidation

noun bullying, pressure, threat(s), menaces, coercion, arm-twisting (informal), browbeating, terrorization an inquiry into allegations of intimidation

intimidation

noun
An expression of the intent to hurt or punish another:
Translations
تَخْويف، إفْزاع، إرهاب
zastrašování
skræmmen
megfélemlítés
ógnun; kúgun
gözünü korkutma

intimidation

[ɪnˌtɪmɪˈdeɪʃən] Nintimidación f

intimidation

[ɪnˌtɪmɪˈdeɪʃən] nintimidation f

intimidation

intimidation

[ɪnˌtɪmɪˈdeɪʃn] nintimidazione f

intimidate

(inˈtimideit) verb
to frighten eg by threatening violence.
inˌtimiˈdation noun
References in classic literature ?
He is admitted accordingly, not without a hint from the Recluse, that were he himself out of his priestly weeds, he would care little for his threats of using violence, and that he gives way to him not out of intimidation, but simply to avoid scandal.
If it were necessary to confirm so plain a truth by facts, examples would not be wanting, even in this country, of the intimidation or seduction of the Executive by the terrors or allurements of the pecuniary arrangements of the legislative body.
Naseby, 'this intimidation is a waste of time; it is thrown away on me, sir; it will not succeed with me.
He was, moreover, a firm believer in the doctrine of intimidation.
To these means of intimidation, which were presently deemed insufficient, were added others still more formidable.
His own share he ran through in five years, and he has tried since then by every trick of a cunning, low-minded man, by base cajolery, by legal quibbles, by brutal intimidation, to juggle me out of my share as well.
The foot and leg petrified, while Michael stiff-leggedly drew a half-circle of intimidation about him.
Here was a collector of water- rates, without his book, without his pen and ink, without his double knock, without his intimidation, kissing--actually kissing--an agreeable female, and leaving taxes, summonses, notices that he had called, or announcements that he would never call again, for two quarters' due, wholly out of the question.
These changes in the constitution they effect by force of arms, if intimidation has not already done their work.
Public opinion wouldn't allow them actually to rob him of his ticket, but any humbug or intimidation by which he could be driven to sell the whole or part at an undervalue was lawful.
The initial reports of the first round of elections, which were carried amidst violence, fraud and intimidation were in favour of Karzai.
There are also indications that the company used intimidation tactics against researchers critical of the drug, including insinuating that funding to academic and research institutions would be rescinded.