\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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Future, who was tapped by X as the executive producer of the flick's soundtrack, faces a daunting task living up to Curtis Mayfield's initial soulful score. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Stream Future's 'Superfly' Soundtrack Featuring Miguel, Lil Wayne & Young Thug," 9 June 2018 The Spartans’ seven-home/five-away schedule is favorable for the most part, with a daunting early September trip to the desert heat at Arizona State and a game at Penn State that could well decide the Big Ten East Division champion. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football predictions 2018: Week 12 at Nebraska," 6 June 2018 Iraq’s leaders face daunting challenges, including rebuilding areas devastated by the war against Islamic State and preventing the group’s resurgence. Isabel Coles And Ghassan Adnan, WSJ, "Iraq Kingmaker’s Daunting Task: Lift the Poor of Sadr City," 3 June 2018 Singapore would be the farthest that Kim Jong Un has traveled since coming to power in 2011, and for both Kim and Trump there are daunting security concerns. Motoko Rich, BostonGlobe.com, "A worldwide scramble to pull off a Trump and Kim summit," 31 May 2018 Consequently, the Hammers are tipped to finish above the newcomers, who face daunting tests against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. SI.com, "West Ham Fans Divided Over Signing Key Huddersfield Midfielder Should Terriers Suffer Relegation," 3 May 2018 Alzheimer’s disease can present particularly-daunting communication challenges because, as memories start to disappear, people can become more easily confused and agitated. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Medical know-how for the family caregiver," 24 Apr. 2018 Each is a haunting cautionary tale that forcefully challenges the viewer to confront daunting questions about possible consequences of current societal concerns. cleveland.com, "Engaged? How bucking tradition can help you save big," 22 Apr. 2018 Remodeling, new construction and home improvement are all terms that can be daunting on any scale. Shawn Vacek, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: What is design-build remodeling?," 3 June 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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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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