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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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* 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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  • Togadia's Comments Amount to Intimidating Minorities: Karuna
    DMK chief M Karunanidhi today said the alleged hate speech made by VHP chief Pravin Togadia amounted to intimidating minorities and "they are doing everything" that may spark a communal enmity. Read more on this news related to 'Intimidating'
  • Working with dad intimidating, but boosted my confidence: Nasser's son (
    Chennai, April 20 (IANS) Debutant actor Luthfudeen Baashaa, son of popular Tamil actor Nasser, says sharing screen space with his father in upcoming Tamil drama "Saivam", was intimidating in the beginning, but it boosted his confidence and gave him the opportunity to observe the actor in him from close quarters. "At home you'll just see a father Read more on this news related to 'Intimidating'

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