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Definition make fearful of inadequacy


  • I was intimidated on my first day at the job, but I'm comfortable now.
intimidated = afraid (of being inadequate)
  • The gang intimidates everyone in the neighborhood and collects protection money from storekeepers.
  • Nobody knew what form of intimidation Mr. Radley employed to keep Boo out of sight, but Jem figured that Mr. Radley kept him chained to the bed most of the time.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • intimidation = threat
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • And he was trying to intimidate me.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • intimidate = make fearful
  • Although I was intimidated, I called "next" because I knew my deadline for going back to the house was quickly approaching.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • intimidated = fearful of inadequacy
  • Doctor Orangehair ... was not intimidated by Aunt Queen's dramatic entrance.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • intimidated = made fearful of inadequacy
  • His eyes focus on me, trying to intimidate.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • intimidate = threaten; or make fearful of inadequacy
  • Clayton had learned a long time ago that his uniform intimidated most people.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • intimidated = threatened; or instilled fear
  • You're not goin' to intimidate me.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • But, in such a cause, his anger, though it must shock, could not intimidate Henry, who was sustained in his purpose by a conviction of its justice.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Or even just filling up a tank of gas alone was intimidating at first.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • No matter what alpha-male act I might pull off in trying to intimidate her, I knew the truth.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • Pitty was not overly fond of India, for India intimidated her with her dry, stiff-necked ways and her passionate convictions.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It had an intimidating effect, especially on Esperanza.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • As I spoke, rage sparkled in my eyes; the magistrate was intimidated.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I was tight-lipped and grim, and, after the events of the last several days, not terribly intimidated by the authority of two paunchy old men.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Besides, whilst the Knight of Lemonwood might intimidate a petty lord, he did not have the strength to sway the Prince of Dome.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Helpless and fearful people are drawn to magical figures, mythic figures, epic men who intimidate and darkly loom.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • "You think you can intimidate me with your swanlike good looks, but I'm not that kind of girl."
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • The Americans had been careful to have each meeting videotaped so that later accusations of intimidation could be refuted at once.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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