Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. THE AMERICAN HERITAGE® DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, FIFTH EDITION by the Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries.Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. "To frighten" or "make fearful" is at the root of the verb intimidate.An animal might intimidate a smaller animal by bearing its teeth, and a person can intimidate another by threatening to do something harmful.There is controversy as to whether it covers the situation between two parties in a contractual relationship.You can see "timid" in the middle of intimidate, and to be timid is to be frightened or to pull back from something.Anyone or anything that is fearsome, daunting, or terrifying could be called intimidating. Climbing into the mouth of a volcano and trying to take a photograph for National Geographic would be extremely intimidating, because you could die, and if you don't, what if your pictures aren't that good?
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This arbitrary conduct did not succeed in intimidating the other Councillors.
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I was on the point of saying this, but Schomberg's stare was intimidating."Vow it then, madame," cried the prince, furious at not intimidating his victim.