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 ?
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.
She stamped her foot at him to be gone, and uttered a harsh and intimidating cry.
Action under section 6 of the Anti-Terrorism Act must be taken against Nihal Hashmi for intimidating and harassing officers performing their assigned tasks,' he added.
You want your home form to be good, to be intimidating and for the whole experience for opposition teams to be intimidating," Koeman told British media.
Years of entrepreneurship have taught me that in every intimidating situation, there is an opportunity.
I don't think I'm that intimidating,' said Santiago, who had 18 points.
Woods (right) won 14 Majors in 11 years with an intimidating power game which changed golf - and had his opponents beaten when his name hit the top of the leaderboard.
SOME months ago, I wrote to the Mail to say that I thought Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson had cheated their way to the top by intimidating referees to give them dodgy penalty and tackling decisions.
Defendant Joane Sargerson, of Wellington Road in Rhyl, admitted a charge in Mold Crown Court of intimidating a witness on June 17 but escaped immediate custody.
Now, I understand that credit unions are far from intimidating, but do your young members know the same?
Tiger is always a very fine subject, but we do have a couple of intimidating guys on our team as well.