to make timid or fearful; to inspire of affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash. Now guilt, once harbored in the conscious breast, Intimidates the brave, degrades the great. (Johnson)
Synonym: to dishearten, dispirit, abash, deter, frighten, terrify, daunt, cow.
Origin: LL. Intimidatus, p. P. Of intimidare to frighten; pref. In- in – timidus fearful, timid: cf. F. Intimider. See timid.