\ˈdȯnt, ˈdänt\

Definition of daunt 

transitive verb

: to lessen the courage of : cow, subdue obstacles that would have daunted a man of less intrepid mind— Adeline Adams

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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

Examples of daunt in a Sentence

the raging inferno didn't daunt the firefighters for a moment

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In Mosul's old city, a mess of flattened concrete and twisted wire, the prospect of rebuilding is daunting. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 Yes, the state’s low-key governor entered the race for reelection with high approval ratings, running against competition that did not seem particularly daunting on paper. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "The Democrats running for governor must be wondering when the cavalry arrives," 11 July 2018 As if that scoreline weren’t daunting enough, Winnipeg was 44-1-1 this season when leading after two periods, including a perfect 7-0 mark in these playoffs. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Jets Crush Predators in Game 7, Move on to Western Conference Finals," 10 May 2018 But changing our biases about Stephon Clark are just as daunting. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Our Stephon Clark lie – ‘Diverse’ Sacramento is not as tolerant as we think," 30 Mar. 2018 That way, grabbing a healthy snack isn't as daunting. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Want to eat healthier? Organize your refrigerator like this," 9 Mar. 2018 Tips for growing your own Wine Cap Stropharia mushrooms Choice edible mushrooms may seem like an unusual, and perhaps daunting, addition to the garden. Sunset, "How to Grow Mushrooms," 22 Jan. 2018 In both cases, a game that’s particularly daunting earlier on has been made a whole lot easier to get into. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Making classic games more approachable should be the norm," 18 Nov. 2018 At that point, the task ahead did not seem too daunting for the celebrated counterintelligence investigator who had spent decades busting terrorists and spies. Matt Zapotosky, The Seattle Times, "How anti-Trump texts ruined the career of the FBI’s go-to agent," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of daunt

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daunt

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

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The first known use of daunt was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of daunt

: to make (someone) afraid or less confident


\ˈdȯnt \
daunted; daunting

Kids Definition of daunt

: discourage sense 1, frighten The dangers didn't daunt them.

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