daunt

verb
\ 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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The sheer number of parts and the many ways fakes can infiltrate the system is daunting. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Uses Plant DNA to Catch Counterfeit Parts," 21 Nov. 2016 Being in school with two kids and working is daunting. Annie Daly, Good Housekeeping, "5 Inspiring Weight-Loss Success Stories," 10 May 2010 Among scientists and engineers working at NASA, however, the goal was more than daunting. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Now, weeks of daunting New Year's resolutions and frigid weather ahead of us. Neil Cavuto, Fox News, "Cavuto: As if we need a storm to remind us Christmas is over," 3 Jan. 2018 Not to be overlooked: The road schedule (Seattle, Eugene, Salt Lake City, Berkeley and Tempe) is daunting. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "Way-too-early Pac-12 football predictions: Can Washington rule the North once again?," 23 Jan. 2019 Because threats can originate anywhere, managing cyber risk is daunting. Donald A. Purdy Jr., Fortune, "I’m the Security Chief at Huawei U.S. Banning Us Won’t Make Americans Safer," 26 June 2018 The empty room was daunting, but the woman behind the camera was kind. Becca Smouse, azcentral, "I went to a casting call for 'The Bachelor.' Here's what happened," 17 June 2018 Lone Peak is best known for runs like the North Summit Snowfield and the Big Couloir—a 1,400-foot, sustained 50-degree slope so daunting that riders normally have to sign in with ski patrol and bring avalanche gear and a partner to be allowed in. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, "Why You Should Buy a Ski Pass Right Now," 6 Apr. 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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daunt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of daunt

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

daunt

verb
\ 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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