\ 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

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the raging inferno didn't daunt the firefighters for a moment
Recent Examples on the Web Still, the question of truth in any spy story proves daunting because intelligence assessments are fundamentally political dramas. Howard Blum, Time, "The Search for the Truth About the Nazi Plot to Assassinate FDR," 2 June 2020 Perez works at a store in South Park Mall and said the pressure from his parents to succeed can be daunting. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Pilot program brings long-awaited mental health services to South San ISD," 1 June 2020 In theory, the process sounds straightforward, but the details can be daunting. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "You Don’t Need Invasive Tech for Successful Contact Tracing. Here’s How It Works.," 19 May 2020 Not only will your dry cleaning bill be much smaller, but stains may no longer be as daunting to sort out on your own. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "At-Home Dry Cleaning Hacks That Will Save Your Clothes and Your Money," 4 May 2020 But the prospect of actually moving to New York has gone from daunting to incomprehensible. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Shattered the Myth of College in America," 28 Apr. 2020 For small business owners who cannot work from home, this money may be the only means to save our companies—yet the applications are daunting or not even open yet or financial institutions won’t take it on in the first place. Elena Sheppard, Fortune, "The coronavirus could change how freelancers work in the long term," 15 Apr. 2020 The task before them is daunting, and not just because of the stacked boxes and heavy clutter, or the dead cat that Cody is unfortunate enough to stumble on in the bathroom. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The moving drama ‘Driveways’ features a superb Brian Dennehy in one of his last roles," 6 May 2020 This rebuild is daunting but a far cry from the situation Greg Schiano inherited in his first turn at Rutgers. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Big Ten spring preview: The key question for every team in nation's deepest conference," 5 Mar. 2020

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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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10 Jun 2020

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“Daunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daunt. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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