verb: cow; 3rd person present: cows; past tense: cowed; past participle: cowed; gerund or present participle: cowing
cause (someone) to submit to one’s wishes by intimidation.
“the intellectuals had been cowed into silence”
synonyms: intimidate, daunt, browbeat, bully, badger, dragoon, bludgeon, tyrannize, overawe, awe, dismay, dishearten, unnerve, subdue, scare, terrorize, frighten, petrify; informalpsych out, bulldoze, railroad
“has he cowed you all with his threats?”
One word. Two completely different origins.