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  •  Well, in defense of my early and life long (1+ / 0-)
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    love of words and definitions.

    in·tim·i·date  (n-tm-dt)
    1. To make timid; fill with fear.
    2. To coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats.

    Synonyms: intimidate, browbeat, bulldoze, cow2, bully1, bludgeon
    These verbs all mean to frighten into submission, compliance, or acquiescence. Intimidate implies the presence or operation of a fear-inspiring force: "It [atomic energy] may intimidate the human race into bringing order into its international affairs" (Albert Einstein).
    Browbeat suggests the persistent application of highhanded, disdainful, or imperious tactics: browbeating a witness.
    Bulldoze connotes the leveling of all spirit of opposition: was bulldozed into hiring an unacceptable candidate.
    Cow implies bringing out an abject state of timorousness and often demoralization: a dog that was cowed by abuse.
    To bully is to intimidate through blustering, domineering, or threatening behavior: workers who were bullied into accepting a poor contract.
    Bludgeon suggests the use of grossly aggressive or combative methods: had to be bludgeoned into fulfilling his duties.

    This illustrates what I like to throw at folks who want the definition of marriage to be cast in titanium. Definitions change and I think intimidation has been diluted. Since I tend to be wary of overstatement, that may have been why I chose it. Blow to the solar plexus is metaphorically better, immediately brought to mind my experiences with it. The case I had a questionnaire for was robbery with no physical injuries. After filling it all out, I was dismissed before even getting to the court room. Intimidating.

    Cedwyn's comment below is exactly what I have suggested.

    i love asking death penalty supporters if they could flip the switch themselves.  most of them say no
    Every juror who votes yes for the DP should have to answer the question "Would you be willing to volunteer"? Even people who live in states that use injection have found the experience a blow to the solar plexus.

    PS, you're very welcome.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:00:27 AM PDT

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