Looking for a single word that can be used in the following sentence:

“The incessant _____ become unbearable for him.”

Essentially what I’m looking for is a single word for “threats of punishment”.

“Intimidation” came to mind, but I’m not sure if it’s the best word to convey what I’m trying to say.

  • 1
    Explain yourself. Who is threatening punishment? Police, God, or bullies?
    – Stuart F
    Sep 2, 2021 at 22:35
  • 2
    "the incessant threat of punishment"is fine. Probably better than anything else.
    – Lambie
    Oct 2, 2021 at 21:22

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bullying (n.)

The repeated use of threats or violence in an attempt to harm or intimidate others Collins

The act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something vocabulary.com

The Legion began recruiting workers in late 1932, and by 1933 they were bullying coffee shop owners into employing legionaries and organising boycotts of minority-owned business. Marco Bresciani; Conservatives and Right Radicals in Interwar Europe

A national survey in Malta found that 61% of boy bullies reported bullying others with physical violence compared with 30% of girl bullies... UNESCO; School Violence and Bullying

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