To depress or bear straight down with haughty stern looks or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive terms or looks to bully regarding browbeat witnesses
- be bossy towards
- discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering fashion; intimidate
- of Browbeat
- To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant message and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive terms or appearances; to bully; since, to browbeat witnesses.
"to bully," initially "to bear down with stern or conceited looks," 1580s, from brow + beat (v.). [I]t seems from the very first quotations ... that brow under consideration ended up being that the beater, maybe not associated with the beaten celebration; but it is maybe not evident perhaps the meaning had been 'to overcome with your (frowning) brows,' or 'to beat (?lower) one's brows at.' [OED] Related: Browbeaten; browbeating.
(imp.) of Browbeat
- (v. t.) To depress or bear down with haughty, stern appearances, or with arrogant address and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive terms or appearances; to bully; as, to browbeat witnesses.
Cesare's position was greatly shaken, and when he tried to browbeat the cardinals by means of Don Michelotto and his bravos, they refused to be intimidated; he had to leave Rome in September, trusting that the Spanish cardinals would elect a candidate friendly to his house.