intimidation

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
  1. noun
    the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something
    synonyms: bullying
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    types:
    frightening, terrorisation, terrorization
    the act of inspiring with fear
    type of:
    aggression
    deliberately unfriendly behavior
  2. noun
    the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid
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    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)
  3. noun
    the feeling of discouragement in the face of someone's superior fame or wealth or status etc.
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    type of:
    discouragement, disheartenment, dismay
    the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
  4. noun
    a communication that makes you afraid to try something
    synonyms: determent, deterrence
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    type of:
    discouragement
    the expression of opposition and disapproval
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