What does intimidation mean?
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the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something
the feeling of discouragement in the face of someone's superior fame or wealth or status etc.
the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid
determent, deterrence, intimidationnoun
a communication that makes you afraid to try something
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.
Etymology: From as if *, from intimidare; see intimidate.
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.
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
Etymology: [Cf. F. 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."
The numerical value of intimidation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of intimidation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of intimidation in a Sentence
Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story. This is clearly an intimidation tactic being used against him for being outspoken on recent political events. Artemi is obviously shaken and concerned and will take some time away from the team, the Rangers fully support Artemi and will work with him to identify the source of these unfounded allegations.
This is vitally important, a vitally important choice, as America grapples with the deadly pandemic, the economic crisis, and the reckoning on race -- what it reveals the deep disparities that still exist in our country, and there should be no intimidation, no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda.
Security forces believe in beating the citizen until they reach an agreement; they believe in fear and intimidation.
Tiger Woods was the reason that working out become popular, these( younger) guys, it's like they used him as a benchmark. When I came out, Tiger Woods had this massive intimidation factor. Now it's like Tiger Woods is the one who pushed them along and trained them. The dynamic is weird, but probably a guy my age would be more intimidated by Tiger Woods than a guy who is just now coming out.
It is unacceptable that the ISD is not holding the co-chair accountable for her actions, she doxxed parents and financially impacted one of the parents' businesses. What type of leadership is the committee and FWISD showing to its students? That bullying and intimidation are OK? That it's fine to leave voicemails harassing parents if they disagree with you?
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