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daunt

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verb \ˈdȯnt, ˈdänt\

Simple Definition of daunt

  • : to make (someone) afraid or less confident

Full Definition of daunt

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lessen the courage of :  cow, subdue

Examples of daunt

  1. <the raging inferno didn't daunt the firefighters for a moment>



Origin of daunt

Middle English, from Anglo-French danter, daunter, from Latin domitare to tame, frequentative of domare — more at tame


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of daunt

dismay, appall, horrify, daunt mean to unnerve or deter by arousing fear, apprehension, or aversion. dismay implies that one is disconcerted and at a loss as to how to deal with something <dismayed at the size of the job>. appall implies that one is faced with that which perturbs, confounds, or shocks <I am appalled by your behavior>. horrify stresses a reaction of horror or revulsion <was horrified by such wanton cruelty>. daunt suggests a cowing, disheartening, or frightening in a venture requiring courage <a cliff that would daunt the most intrepid climber>.

Rhymes with daunt




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