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Verb (transitive)


Verb intimidate has 2 senses


intimidatev. t. [LL. intimidatus, p. p. of intimidare to frighten; pref. in- in + timidus fearful, timid: cf. F. intimider. See Timid.].
     To make timid or fearful; to inspire of affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash.  [1913 Webster]
    "Now guilt, once harbored in the conscious breast,
    Intimidates the brave, degrades the great.
Syn. -- To dishearten; dispirit; abash; deter; frighten; terrify; daunt; cow.


intimidate, v.tr. frighten or overawe, esp. to subdue or influence.

intimidation n. intimidator n.
med.L intimidare (as IN-(2), timidare f. timidus TIMID)



abash, admonish, alarm, awe, badger, bait, be imminent, beat down, blackjack, bludgeon, bluff, bluster, bluster and bluff, bluster out of, bounce, brag, break, browbeat, bulldoze, bully, bullyrag, castrate, caution, chivy, clamp down on, coerce, comminate, compel, constrain, cow, cry out against, daunt, demoralize, denounce, despotize, dismay, disquiet, dissuade, domineer, domineer over, dragoon, enslave, expostulate, force, forebode, frighten, frighten off, gasconade, grind, grind down, harass, hector, henpeck, hijack, hound, huff, keep down, keep under, kid out of, look threatening, lord it over, lower, menace, oblige, oppress, out-herod Herod, overawe, overbear, overmaster, override, petrify, press heavy on, rage, rant, rave, remonstrate, repress, ride, ride over, ride roughshod over, roister, rollick, ruffle, scare, shanghai, slang, splutter, sputter, steamroller, storm, strong-arm, subjugate, suppress, swagger, swashbuckle, systematically terrorize, talk out of, terrify, terrorize, threaten, trample down, trample upon, tread down, tread upon, tyrannize, tyrannize over, unman, unpersuade, use violence, utter threats against, vapor, walk all over, walk over, warn, weigh heavy on




VB fear, stand in awe of, be afraid, have qualms, apprehend, sit upon thorns, eye askance, distrust, hesitate, falter, funk, cower, crouch, skulk, let 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would' take fright, take alarm, start, wince, flinch, shy, shrink, fly, tremble, shake, shiver, shiver in one's shoes, shudder, flutter, shake like an aspen leaf, tremble like an aspen leaf, tremble all over, quake, quaver, quiver, quail, grow pale, turn pale, blench, stand aghast, not dare to say one's soul is one's own, inspire fear, excite fear, inspire awe, excite awe, raise apprehensions, be in a daze, bulldoze, faze, feeze, give an alarm, raise an alarm, sound an alarm, alarm, startle, scare, cry 'wolf', disquiet, dismay, fright, frighten, terrify, astound, fright from one's propriety, fright out of one's senses, fright out of one's wits, fright out of one's seven senses, awe, strike all of a heap, strike an awe into, strike terror, harrow up the soul, appall, unman, petrify, horrify, pile on the agony, make one's flesh creep, make one's hair stand on end, make one's blood run cold, make one's teeth chatter, take away one's breath, stop one's breath, make one tremble, haunt, prey on the mind, weigh on the mind, put in fear, put in bodily fear, terrorize, intimidate, cow, daunt, overawe, abash, deter, discourage, browbeat, bully, threaten.


VB be insolent, bluster, vapor, swagger, swell, give oneself airs, snap one's fingers, kick up a dust, swear, rap out oaths, roister, arrogate, assume, presume, make bold, make free, take a liberty, give an inch and take an ell, domineer, bully, dictate, hector, lord it over, traiter de haut en bas, regarder de haut en bas, exact, snub, huff, beard, fly in the face of, put to the blush, bear down, beat down, browbeat, intimidate, trample down, tread down, trample under foot, dragoon, ride roughshod over, out face, outlook, outstare, outbrazen, outbrave, stare out of countenance, brazen out, lay down the law, teach one's grandmother to suck eggs, assume a lofty bearing, talk big, look big, put on big looks, act the grand seigneur, mount the high horse, ride the high horse, toss the head, carry, with a high hand, tempt Providence, want snuffing.


VB threat, threaten, menace, snarl, growl, gnarl, mutter, bark, bully, defy, intimidate, keep in terrorem, hold up in terrorem, hold out in terrorem, shake the fist at, double the fist at, clinch the fist at, thunder, talk big, fulminate, use big words, bluster, look daggers, stare daggers.

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