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bully

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

of the very best kind
  • that's a bully idea for reviving the town's retail center

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bully

noun

Synonyms of bully (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a person who teases, threatens, or hurts smaller, weaker, or more vulnerable persons
  • the school has a procedure for students who want to report problems with bullies

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2 a violent, brutal person who is often a member of an organized gang
  • the local loan shark and his bullies have ways of making people pay up

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bully

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of bully (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon
  • the kindergarten teacher explained why it was wrong to bully classmates

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2 to make timid or fearful by or as if by threats
  • the manager was fired for bullying employees

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Verb

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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The first known use of bully was in 1538

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“Bully.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bully. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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