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bully

adjective

bully

noun

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a person who teases, threatens, or hurts more vulnerable persons
  • The school has a procedure for reporting problems with bullies.
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bully

verb

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1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon
  • The kindergarten teacher explained why it was wrong to bully classmates.
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take apart

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2 to make timid or fearful by or as if by threats
  • a manager who bullied employees
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pick on

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Synonym Discussion of bully

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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