To Awe. v.a. [from the noun.] To strike with reverence, or fear.
If you will work on any man, you must either know his nature and fashions, and so lead him; or his ends, and so persuade him; or his weaknesses and disadvantages, and so awe him; or those that have interest in him, and so govern him. Bacon.
Why then was this forbid? Why, but to awe?
Why, but to keep you low, and ignorant,
His worshippers? Milton's Paradise Lost, b. ix.
Heav'n that hath plac'd this island to give law,
To balance Europe, and her states to awe. Waller.
The rods and axes of princes, and their deputies, may awe many into obedience; but the fame of their goodness, justice, and other virtues, will work on more. Atterbury's Sermons.