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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But the math facing prospective American home buyers is daunting. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Mortgage Rates Are Already Lower. They’re Not Helping Much.," 1 Aug. 2019 But the difficulties associated with launching a spacecraft off the lunar surface, docking with another craft in orbit, propelling the crew hundreds of thousands of miles, and surviving the blazing heat of reentry were daunting. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Art of the Return Trip: How NASA Got Apollo 11 Home," 24 July 2019 The showroom was daunting: twice as large as any other venue in Las Vegas, with room for 2,000 people. Richard Zoglin, Time, "Inside the Las Vegas Show That Turned Elvis' Career Around," 23 July 2019 The engineering feats and the expense were daunting. Esther Pons, National Geographic, "Epic engineering rescued colossal ancient Egyptian temples from floodwaters," 17 July 2019 But without much art experience, the painting and drawing classes were daunting. NBC News, "Want to keep your brain sharp in old age? Go back to school," 17 July 2019 But the practical realities of a full-blown invasion are also daunting for the PLA, according to experts. Ben Westcott, CNN, "A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be a bloody, logistical nightmare," 23 June 2019 The ten pages of equations that follow are daunting. The Economist, "Robert Merton and the effect of time on portfolio choice," 15 June 2019 Well, yeah, documentaries, are daunting in a different way. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ron Howard in happy daze over his new ‘Pavarotti’ documentary," 14 June 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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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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