Brow"beat` (?), v. t. [imp. Browbeat; p. p. Browbeaten (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Browbeating.]

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. W. Irving.


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