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He had expected to intimidate our hero easily, and now he was nonplused.
Iraqi officials accompany the inspectors in order to intimidate witnesses.
Criminal threatening is the crime of intentionally or knowingly putting another person in fear of imminent bodily injury. affright · alarm · alarming · awe · baleful · bloodcurdling · browbeat · bully · coerce · cow · daunt · daunting · dishearten · dismaying · dispirit · domineer · fearsome · frighten · frightening · hair-raising · harass · hound · lean on · menace · menacing · oppress · overawe · persecute · plague · pressure · pressurize · scare · scary · spooky · subdue · terrify · terrifying · terrorize · threaten · twist someone's arm · tyrannize · unnerving.
In short, though you can intimidate him, you cannot bluff him.
You can see "timid" in the middle of intimidate, and to be timid is to be frightened or to pull back from something.
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Intimidation is intentional behavior that "would cause a person of ordinary sensibilities" fear of injury or harm.