from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To control or subdue by inspiring awe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To awe exceedingly; to intimidate or subjugate or restrain by awe or great fear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To restrain, subdue, or control by awe, fear, or superior influence.
- Synonyms To intimidate, cow, daunt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats)
No wealth will bribe, no name overawe, no artifice deceive, the guardian of those Elysian gates.
No wealth will bribe, no name overawe, no artifice deceive, the guardian of those Elysian gates, In the deep sense, no vile or vulgar person ever enters there.
"I saw no attempt to 'overawe' us," said the young girl.
Here is the means of showing that the immigrant communities can organize to consolidate their members, to agitate and campaign against their fellow citizens, and to overawe and dominate the rest with the legal weapons which the ignorant and the ill-informed have provided.
It is well that we are thus shielded by the familiarity of what is at once so certain and so unfathomable, from an astonishment which would otherwise absorb and overawe the function of that which is its object.
In the fifth and sixth centuries, Christian monks served as private militias, holy head-breakers whom charismatic bishops could turn out at will to sack pagan temples, to rough up or kill opponents, and to overawe rival theologians.
He must have had this Wall Street gentry in mind, or at least their prototypes, for in every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the people …
It is there also to separate, to mark off, and to overawe.
However, if Blair was so convinced of the importance of creating a free, democratic state in Iraq to overawe a global threat, why did he abrogate his responsibilities in Basra?
Because this is an essentially unregulated space, firms move quickly, building massive advantages that can overawe competitors.