To make timid or fearful; to inspire or affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash.
He's trying to intimidate you. If you ignore him, hopefully he'll stop.
To impress, amaze, excite or induce extraordinary affection in others toward oneself.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
One is frightened by a cause of fear addressed directly and suddenly to the senses; he is intimidated by an apprehension of contingent consequences dependent on some act of his own to be done or forborne; the means of intimidation may act through the senses, or may appeal only to the intellect or the sensibilities. The sudden rush of an armed madman may frighten; the quiet leveling of a highwayman's pistol intimidates. A savage beast is intimidated by the keeper's whip. Employers may intimidate their employees from voting contrary to their will by threat of discharge; a mother may be intimidated through fear for her child. To browbeat or cow is to bring into a state of submissive fear; to daunt is to give pause or check to a violent, threatening, or even a brave spirit. To scare is to cause sudden, unnerving fear; to terrify is to awaken fear that is overwhelming. Compare ALARM.
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How to use intimidate in a sentence?
In the 1930s, the Nazis used violence to intimidate people, antifa argues that if people resisted them then, the fascists wouldn’t have gotten so big.
All good propaganda and lies contain elements of truth. So, have I been a hard-charging, hard-partying guy? Absolutely. Have I made mistakes? Absolutely. Am I a criminal and a fraud? Absolutely not. Absolutely not, these are classic dirty tricks used by a capitalist class and their lawyers to bully and intimidate an entrepreneur and a businessman to doing what they want.
Some of us just go along . . . until that marvelous day people stop intimidating us -- or should I say we refuse to let them intimidate us
This is a continual effort to try to intimidate the press in Hong Kong, this is raw and pure intimidation.
Listen, if this guy got in my space, you wan na get in my space, I’ve always said Chris, you punch me, I ’m going to punch back twice as hard. And it would n’t be hard to do it, but you know, this guy thinks he could intimidate everybody.It’s disgraceful. It’s embarrassing.
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- intimidarCatalan, Valencian
- einschüchtern, beeindruckenGerman
- intimidar, amedrentarSpanish
- hiljentää, vaientaa, pelotella, ällistyttääFinnish
- intimider, impressionerFrench
- beïndrukken, inschuchteren, impressioneren, imponeren, intimiderenDutch
- amedrontar, impressionar, intimidarPortuguese
- устрашать, устрашить, запугать, запугивать, пугать, испугатьRussian
- за̀страшити, zàstrašitiSerbo-Croatian
- భయపెట్టు, బెదిరించుTelugu
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