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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bullying, intimidationnoun

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

  2. intimidationnoun

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

  3. intimidationnoun

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

  4. determent, deterrence, intimidationnoun

    a communication that makes you afraid to try something


  1. intimidationnoun

    The act of making timid or fearful or of deterring by threats; the state of being intimidated; as, the voters were kept from the polls by intimidation.

  2. Etymology: From as if *, from intimidare; see intimidate.


  1. Intimidation

    Intimidation is to "make timid or make fearful"; or to induce fear. This includes intentional behaviors of forcing another person to experience general discomfort such as humiliation, embarrassment, inferiority, limited freedom, etc and the victim might be targeted based on multiple factors like gender, race, class, skin color, competency, knowledge, wealth, temperament, etc. Intimidation is done for making the other person submissive (also known as cowing), to destabilize/undermine the other, to force compliance, to hide one's insecurities, to socially valorize oneself, etc. There are active and passive coping mechanisms against intimidation that include, and not limited to not letting the intimidator cross your personal space, addressing their behavior directly, avoiding the person, being gingerly around them, honing breakaway skills, etc. Victims of intimidation would reasonably develop apprehension, experience fear of injury or harm, etc from the unwanted behaviors or tools of intimidation that include, and not limited to, condescending, rudeness, sarcasm, disrespecting, patronizing, degrading, disparaging, etc. However, it is not legally necessary to prove that the behavior caused the victim to experience terror or panic.Intimidation as a political process is done through national level threats to compel or deter another country to operate in ways the intimidating country wants it to be, an example of political intimidation is putting an embargo on items that the target country depends through import for forcing their compliance. Certain second and third world countries use terrorism as an intimidation tactic. "A terroristic threat is a crime generally involving a threat to commit violence communicated with the intent to terrorize other." Personal intimidation is considered to be a management strategy to signal/inform potential rivals that they may face significant consequences if they act against the person in charge/management or to get workers in line. Certain forms of intimidation like sexual and racial ones are considered as criminal offense in several civilized countries.


  1. intimidation

    Intimidation refers to the act of instilling fear or threatening someone in order to make them do something, compel their obedience, or deter them from doing something. This act usually involves a perceived threat of harm or adverse consequences. It's commonly used to manipulate or control another person's behavior or actions and it can involve physical, emotional, or psychological methods.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intimidationnoun

    the act of making timid or fearful or of deterring by threats; the state of being intimidated; as, the voters were kept from the polls by intimidation

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. intimidation.]


  1. Intimidation

    Intimidation is intentional behavior that "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 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." "A terroristic threat is a crime generally involving a threat to commit violence communicated with the intent to terrorize other."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Intimidation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Intimidation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Intimidation in a Sentence

  1. District Attorney John Hummel:

    Too many people in Oregon are silenced by intimidation and violence because of how they look, who they love, or to whom they pray.

  2. State Rep. Mike Johnson:

    This bill is a simple measure to protect religious freedom, a few well-funded activist groups have intentionally mischaracterized the bill – spreading fear and intimidation and misinformation.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    Just what will it take for Congress to overcome the intimidation of the gun lobby and do something as sensible as making sure people on the terrorist watch list can't buy weapons, if you are too dangerous to fly in America, you are too dangerous to buy a gun.

  4. Kris Kobach:

    The commission is not set up to disprove or to prove President Trump's claim, nor is it just looking at the 2016 election. We're looking at all forms of election irregularities, voter fraud, voter registration fraud, voter intimidation, suppression, and looking at the vulnerabilities of the various elections we have in each of the 50 states.

  5. Fort Trump:

    Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation, that is why we congratulate European states, such as Poland, for leading the construction of a Baltic pipeline so that nations are not dependent on Russia to meet their energy needs. Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course.

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