intimidating

Someone or something that causes fear is intimidating. Bullies are intimidating.

Anyone or anything that is fearsome, daunting, or terrifying could be called intimidating. Looking at a huge list of vocabulary words is intimidating. Any difficult job can be intimidating. Lots of people find public speaking intimidating. Climbing into the mouth of a volcano and trying to take a photograph for National Geographic would be extremely intimidating, because you could die, and if you don't, what if your pictures aren't that good?

Definitions of intimidating
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adj discouraging through fear

Synonyms:
daunting
discouraging
depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action

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