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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: , past participle of intimidare, from Latin timidus; TIMID

intimidate

verb
     
in‧tim‧i‧date [transitive]
1 to frighten or threaten someone into making them do what you want
intimidate somebody into doing something
They tried to intimidate the young people into voting for them.
Attempts to intimidate her failed.
2 to make someone feel worried and not confident:
The whole idea of going to Oxford intimidated me.
intimidation noun [uncountable]
She had endured years of intimidation and violence.
the intimidation of voters

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