Definition of Intimidate

1. Verb. Make timid or fearful. "Sam cannot intimidate Sue "; "Her boss intimidates her"




2. Verb. To compel or deter by or as if by threats. "Sam cannot intimidate Sue "
Exact synonyms: Restrain
Entails: Warn
Specialized synonyms: Dash, Daunt, Frighten Away, Frighten Off, Pall, Scare, Scare Away, Scare Off
Generic synonyms: Discourage
Derivative terms: Intimidation, Intimidation, Restrainer

Definition of Intimidate

1. v. t. To make timid or fearful; to inspire of affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash.

Definition of Intimidate

1. Verb. (transitive) To make timid or fearful; to inspire or affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To impress, amaze, excite or induce extraordinary affection in others toward oneself. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Intimidate

1. [v -DATED, -DATING, -DATES]

Medical Definition of Intimidate

1. To make timid or fearful; to inspire of affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash. "Now guilt, once harbored in the conscious breast, Intimidates the brave, degrades the great." (Johnson) Synonym: To dishearten, dispirit, abash, deter, frighten, terrify, daunt, cow. Origin: LL. Intimidatus, p. P. Of intimidare to frighten; pref. In- in + timidus fearful, timid: cf. F. Intimider. See Timid. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Intimidate

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Literary usage of Intimidate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Hansard's Parliamentary Debatesby Great Britain Parliament, Thomas Curson Hansard by Great Britain Parliament, Thomas Curson Hansard (1880)
"... reflects upon the said Member, is an attempt to coerce and intimidate him in the discharge of his duties, and a breach of the Privileges of this House. ..."

2. Cases on the Law of Torts by Francis Hermann Bohlen (1915)
"The court found that the purpose was to intimidate the men, and thereby induce them to abandon their work, and secure their cooperation in closing the mines ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1894)
"... and during ita progres« penis- tent attempts were made to intimidate him by threatening letters. He is «aid to have been constitutionally timid, ..."

4. The Reformation by George Park Fisher (1896)
"Personal indignities were heaped upon him. The dogs in the street were named after him. Every device was undertaken in order to intimidate him. ..."

5. The Reformation by George Park Fisher (1906)
"Every device was undertaken in order to intimidate him. As he sat at his study table late at night, a gun would be discharged under his window. ..."

6. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1845)
"Attempt by the Commons to intimidate him. CHAPTER LXVII. LIFE OP LORD KEEPER LANE. I HAVE now to introduce to the reader a man who, although he never was ..."

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