browbeat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v browbeat discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
    • v browbeat be bossy towards "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Browbeat To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive words or looks; to bully; as, to browbeat witnesses. "My grandfather was not a man to be browbeaten ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • browbeat To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; in general, to bear down by impudence.
    • browbeat Synonyms To overbear, insult, bully, hector.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Browbeat to bear down with stern looks or speech: to bully
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brú; Ice. brün.

Usage

In literature:

Stoughton browbeat him through his whole trial.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Crosby was her property, to browbeat and maltreat as seemed best to her.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson
It's a melancholy thing, Alderson," sighed the tough old warrior of a thousand legal battles, "to look as easy and browbeatable as I do.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Toward the end of the meal Slade began to browbeat the abject, liquor-poisoned man.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Together they passed down the central path, insulting the women and browbeating the men.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
This unhappy desire of his to browbeat her into a state which he defined as normal, Rachel had accepted in numb helplessness.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
I now think I was wrong; but I had a feeling that the principal intended to browbeat me into an acknowledgment.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic
He cross-questioned the witnesses, and did his best to browbeat Peverell.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
Bullying and browbeating will not give you an advantage.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
A human soul was involved, and no man, be he lawyer or lover, should browbeat or persuade her.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
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In poetry:

The gusts browbeat the trees
And drive the sap to root;
The beechen buds they freeze,
And lash the blackberry shoot
That clings unto the stalwart brier,
and bends unbroken to its foot.
"Spring In Vermont" by Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn
MUTE or loquacious, as chance may require,
Shrewdly complacent, quick to equivocate,
Bluff, bully, browbeat, brag, conciliate,
Cant, sympathise, or jest — both quack and liar —
He is the creature of effete desire;
"Melbourne Sonnets: XI The Agent" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

We've been browbeating LeBron James for nearly two years, but a few minutes at the end of Game 4 was all it took to prove he knew what he was doing all along.
An elitist clique of fashion designers has banded together to raise money for celebrity-in-chief Barack Obama and browbeat their customers into supporting him.
Don't follow the Chris Matthews model of disclosure-browbeating.
Bourbon & Branch, the newish Tenderloin watering hole, is a speakeasy that's high on class and low on browbeating its demographic, despite its semi-private concept.
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