overawe

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Overawe \O'ver*awe"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Overawed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overawing}.] To awe exceedingly; to intimidate or subjugate or restrain by awe or great fear.

The king was present in person to overlook the magistrates, and overawe these subjects with the terror of his sword. --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

overawe

verb

1: subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats) [syn: {overawe}, {cow}]


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