Discouraging through fear; SYN. intimidating.
ETYM Latin deterrens, p. pr. of deterrere. Related to Deter.
Tending to deter.
In the novel Dracula 1897 by Bram Stoker, the caped count who, as a vampire, drinks the blood of beautiful women. The original of Dracula is thought to have been Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler, ruler of medieval Wallachia, who used to impale his victims and then mock them.