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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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