\ ˈdȯnt How to pronounce daunt (audio) , ˈdänt\
daunted; daunting; daunts

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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Still, the costs of pursuing single motherhood can be daunting. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, "Despite High Costs, More Women Are Interested in Single Motherhood," 29 June 2019 The chances for success this time appear at least as daunting. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Trump agrees to meet with Kim Jong Un in what would be first meeting between a U.S. president and North Koreans," 9 Mar. 2018 And as if tackling these meaty multiple roles wasn’t daunting enough, you’re being directed by Tucker himself, who originated them way off-Broadway (in a Soho loft) in 2013, going on to garner thunderous national acclaim. Sandy Macdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "He’s Hamlet one night, then eight people in a different play the next," 7 Mar. 2018 Before long, however, Powell could face at least as daunting a task as Bernanke, and probably a more potentially perilous one than Greenspan. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Saler: New Fed chief's challenge may become increasingly daunting," 9 Feb. 2018 Internationally, the struggle for LGBT rights remains daunting in much of the world. Washington Post, "50 years after Stonewall, LGBT rights are a work in progress," 17 June 2019 The mountain was not nearly as crowded two decades ago, but the challenges were just as daunting when Carter and his team reached the summit on May 23, 1997. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis climber weighs in on what's behind 'human traffic jam' photo from Mount Everest," 4 June 2019 As if climbing the world's tallest mountain isn't daunting enough, try it after getting hit with the flu. National Geographic, "Flu outbreak rages near Everest base camp," 30 Apr. 2019 That's almost enough to fill a 2 liter bottle—which even the most diligent water-drinkers may find daunting. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day," 2 Jan. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of daunt

somewhat formal : to make (someone) afraid or less confident


\ ˈdȯnt How to pronounce daunt (audio) \
daunted; daunting

Kids Definition of daunt

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

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