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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Intimidating'

Intimidating Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    intimidating adj : discouraging through fear [syn: daunting]
Intimidating Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Intimidate \In*tim"i*date\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Intimidated; p. pr. & vb. n. Intimidating.] [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. Now guilt, once harbored in the conscious breast, Intimidates the brave, degrades the great. --Johnson. Syn: To dishearten; dispirit; abash; deter; frighten; terrify; daunt; cow.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Intimidating'

Intimidation (also called cowing) is intentional behavior "which would cause a person of ordinary sensibilities" fear of injury or harm. It's not necessary to prove that the behavior was so violent as to cause terror or that the victim was actually frightened.

Criminal threatening (or threatening behavior) is the crime of intentionally or knowingly putting another person in fear of imminent bodily injury. "Threat of harm generally involves a perception of injury...physical or mental damage...act or instance of injury, or a material and detriment or loss to a person."

Threatening behaviours may be conceptualized as a maladaptive outgrowth of normal competitive urge for interrelational dominance generally seen in animals. Alternatively, intimidation may result from the type of society in which individuals are socialized, as human beings are generally reluctant to engage in confrontation or threaten violence.

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'Intimidating' in famous quotation sentence

* 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 - Peggy Lee

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Intimidating Sample Sentences in News

  • 'Learn Golf in a Week' at Yas Links course
    Golf can be an intimidating game and difficult to pick up, but Craeg Deery at Yas Links Golf Club is offering his Learn Golf in a Week course to get anyone interested up to par. Deery admittedly can’t turn beginners into the next Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy, but he’s striving to teach newcomers and improve the skills of those who are already familiar with the Read more on this news related to 'Intimidating'
  • Arm break signals Johnson's intimidating form
    Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson is continuing his fearsome reputation ahead of the next Ashes series after breaking a South African batsman's arm during the ongoing one-day tri-series in Zimbabwe. Johnson, 32, who destroyed England in Australia's 5-0 Ashes sweep at home last southern summer, left allrounder Ryan McLaren with a hairline fracture in his r Read more on this news related to 'Intimidating'
  • U-Mary's Herman only intimidating on the field
    University of Mary offensive lineman Jeremiah Herman can be one intimidating dude. Read more on this news related to 'Intimidating'

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