The words "demoralize" and "intimidate" come to mind. Slang expressions used in sports for attempting to intimidate an opponent are "trash-talk" and "talk smack".
How would you put it when you see two people, in a rivalry for example, begin to talk boldly to discourage and dishearten the other person? This, also, commonly happens before a friendly match when the two people/groups try to use words to weaken the other one's confidence and show how powerful, intelligent, etc they are. (In my language the expression is used in sports, fights, as well as in old texts when two heros/warrriors would use chants or sentences to both show who they were, and perhaps put off the rival before they crushed them into pieces!!! :))) )
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Is there any such term in literature too?
Last edited by Tdol; 23-Mar-2014 at 21:35. Reason: typo
The banter and sarcastic/rude exchanges between opposing players and teams has various names, depending on the sport involved. For example, in cricket it's called "sledging". Online I found that in ice hockey it's "chirping" and in baseball it's "trash talk".
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