Definition Of overawe
impress (someone) so much that they become silent or inhibited.
he used firepower to overawe the hostile tribes
Example Of overawe
Could it be that at 14 he was slightly overawed by the occasion?
Crouching underneath two huge, tired-looking horse chestnut trees, we were overawed by the treasure trove among the fallen leaves.
Having eaten there but once - and I was a guest so didn't have to pay, either - I was almost overawed by its excellence.
He insists he is not overawed by the challenge of winning the South.
He showed that he was not overawed by the England shirt.