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browbeat

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of browbeat

  1. to make timid or fearful by or as if by threats they would often browbeat the younger child until he cried Synonyms of browbeat blackjack, bogart, intimidate, bulldoze, bully, bullyrag, cow, hector, mau-mau, strong-armWords Related to browbeat bluster, trash-talk; affright, alarm (also alarum), frighten, horrify, scare, shock, spook, startle, terrify; menace, terrorize, threaten; badger, harass, hound; bludgeon, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, force, make, oblige, press, pressure, push around; demoralize, psych (out), unman, unnerve; discompose, disconcert, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, upsetNear Antonyms of browbeat cheer, comfort, console, reassure, solace, soothe; embolden, encourage, hearten, steel; convince, persuade

Synonym Discussion of browbeat

intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat mean to frighten into submission. intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another.
    • intimidated by so many other bright freshmen
cow implies reduction to a state where the spirit is broken or all courage is lost.
    • not at all cowed by the odds against making it in show business
bulldoze implies an intimidating or an overcoming of resistance usually by urgings, demands, or threats.
    • bulldozed the city council into approving the plan
bully implies intimidation through threats, insults, or aggressive behavior.
    • bullied into giving up their lunch money
browbeat implies a cowing through arrogant, scornful, or contemptuous treatment.
    • browbeat the witness into a contradiction


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