Part of speech: verb

To overpower or restrain by awe.

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Usage examples "overawe":

  1. This was why Le Sueur was sent to Chequamegon Bay, to overawe the Indians of that region. - "Stories of the Badger State", Reuben Gold Thwaites.
  2. Overawe and subdue the Covenanters by sacrificing their prominent leaders? - "Sketches of the Covenanters", J. C. McFeeters.
  3. Sore thirst plagues them, the rocks, Rising all round, overawe; Factions divide them, their host Threatens to break, to dissolve. - "The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886", Ministry of Education.