in·tim·i·date /in-'ti-mə-ˌdāt/ vt -dat·ed, -dat·ing
1: to make timid or fearful; esp: to compel or deter by or as if by threats see also coercion
2: to engage in the crime of intimidating (as a witness, juror, public officer in the performance of his or her duty, or victim of a robbery or other crime)
in·tim·i·dat·ing·ly adv
in·tim·i·da·tion /in-ˌti-mə-'dā-shən/ n
in·tim·i·da·tor /in-'ti-mə-ˌdā-tər/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb abash, affright, alarm, badger, browbeat, bully, coerce, cow, daunt, deterrere, dismay, dispirit, disquiet, duress, frighten, harass, hector, incutere, inicere, menace, overawe, petrify, put in fear, scare, shock, terrify, terrorize, threaten, unnerve associated concepts: unlawful intimidation II index bait (harass), browbeat, coerce, deter, discourage, frighten, harass, hector, menace, pressure, threaten

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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