Etymology
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overawe (v.)

"subdue or control by fear or superior influence," 1570s, from over- + awe (v.). Perhaps coined by Spenser. Related: Overawed; overawing.

updated on October 28, 2019

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Definitions of overawe from WordNet

overawe (v.)
subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats);
Synonyms: cow
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