Intimidation is when you try to frighten a weaker person into doing what you want. You might use intimidation to get your brother to mow the lawn for you.

Intimidation can refer to the act of making someone feel timid or afraid — like what you sometimes do to your brother — or it can also refer to that fearful feeling itself. Intimidation might make members of a jury hesitate to convict a defendant. Intimidation can also refer to feeling threatened, discouraged, or afraid because you're facing something stronger or superior. You might feel a sense of intimidation right before your soccer team plays the undefeated state champs.

Definitions of intimidation

n the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something

frightening, terrorisation, terrorization
the act of inspiring with fear
Type of:
deliberately unfriendly behavior

n the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid

Type of:
fear, fearfulness, fright
an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

n the feeling of discouragement in the face of someone's superior fame or wealth or status etc.

Type of:
discouragement, disheartenment, dismay
the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles

n a communication that makes you afraid to try something

determent, deterrence
Type of:
the expression of opposition and disapproval

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