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.
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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"
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intimidating

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

intimidating

[ˌɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪtɪŋ] ADJamedrentador, intimidante
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intimidating

[ɪnˈtɪmɪdeɪtɪŋ] adj [person, place] → intimidant(e)
He was a huge, intimidating figure → C'était un personnage intimidant, d'une stature gigantesque.
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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.
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A JURY was sworn in yesterday for the trial of a man charged with intimidating a court witness and making death threats.
But Norman, who did a fair bit of intimidating at his peak, said: "If someone is intimidated by Tiger Woods, or anyone else, then they are in the wrong game.
Me, as a person, I find it hard to believe I would be intimidating," the Daily Mail quoted her as telling the Sunday Times Style magazine.
PHIL NEVILLE insists the hostile reaction England are expected to face in Croatia tomorrow night does not compare with the intimidating atmosphere at Anfield.
A BARRISTER accused of intimidating a witness in a case was sent forward for trial yesterday.
Melbourne, May 31 (ANI): Skipper Ricky Ponting insists that Australia will use the Ashes series to show it is still the most intimidating force in world cricket.