Cow implies bringing out an abject state of timorousness and often demoralization: a dog that was cowed by abuse.Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Intimidation can also be a civil offense, in addition to a criminal offense, in some U. To bully is to intimidate through blustering, domineering, or threatening behavior: workers who were bullied into accepting a poor contract.
I said this to myself, resolutely, by way of answer to the intimidating storm.
"Use of force is justified when a person reasonably believes that it is necessary for the defense of oneself or another against the immediate use of unlawful force." Intimidation may be employed consciously or unconsciously, and a percentage of people who employ it consciously may do so as the result of selfishly rationalized notions of its appropriation, utility or self-empowerment.
Intimidation related to prejudice and discrimination may include conduct "which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety...because of a belief or perception regarding such person's race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct." Intimidation may be manifested in such manner as physical contacts, glowering countenance, emotional manipulation, verbal abuse, making someone feel lower than you, purposeful embarrassment and/or actual physical assault.
(3) The threat was communicated to the victim either verbally, in writing, or by electronic communication.
(4) The victim believed the threatened harm to be imminent. A felony criminal threat is a strike under California's three strikes law. For example, in Oregon a violation of the state criminal statute for intimidation results in a civil violation.