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Synonyms for overawe

subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe


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he said to himself, "if I only had for a confessor one of those lights of the church, whose soul has sounded all the mysteries of life, all the littlenesses of greatness, perhaps his utterance would overawe the voice that wails within my soul.
Worthy Miss Pinkerton, although she had a Roman nose and a turban, and was as tall as a grenadier, and had been up to this time an irresistible princess, had no will or strength like that of her little apprentice, and in vain did battle against her, and tried to overawe her.
That Perry had chosen this type of vessel seemed rather remarkable, for though I had warned him against turreted battle-ships, armor, and like useless show, I had fully ex-pected that when I beheld his navy I should find considerable attempt at grim and terrible magnifi-cence, for it was always Perry's idea to overawe these ignorant cave men when we had to contend with them in battle.
He overawes his opponents, and their allies are prevented from joining against him.
Such goodness overawes me; I don't know what to make of it.