Intimidate vs Insinuate - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between intimidate and insinuate
is that intimidate
is to make timid or fearful; to inspire or affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash while insinuate
is (rare) to creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
To make timid or fearful; to inspire or affect with fear; to deter, as by threats; to dishearten; to abash.
To impress, amaze, excite or induce extraordinary affection in others toward oneself.
- He's trying to intimidate you. If you ignore him, hopefully he'll stop.
(rare) To creep, wind, or flow into; to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, as into crevices.
(figurative, by extension) To ingratiate; to obtain access to or introduce something by subtle, cunning or artful means.
* 1995 , , p. 242
- The water easily insinuates itself into, and placidly distends, the vessels of vegetables.
* John Locke
- Nanny didn't so much enter places as insinuate herself; she had unconsciously taken a natural talent for liking people and developed it into an occult science.
- All the art of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment.
- Horace laughs to shame all follies and insinuates virtue, rather by familiar examples than by the severity of precepts.
To hint; to suggest tacitly while avoiding a direct statement.
- He insinuated himself into the very good grace of the Duke of Buckingham.
- She insinuated that her friends had betrayed her.
* (Make a way for or introduce something by subtle, crafty or artful means. ): imply