\ 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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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 When first unpacked, the DIY kit seems daunting: hundreds of tiny aluminum shafts, plastic gears and circuit boards pour onto the carpet. Joshua Fruhlinger, WSJ, "DIY Robot Kits Make Learning Fun (But Don’t Tell Your Kids That)," 12 Dec. 2018 If committing to a wholly vegan diet or swearing off wearing leather seems daunting, swapping out your go-to primer for a vegan one is a no-brainer. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Milk Makeup Is Now Completely Vegan," 28 Mar. 2018 The ability to apply AI to learn from large data sets—millions of Instagram images, e-mail messages or voice recordings—allows solutions to problems that once seemed daunting, such as image and speech recognition. Alison Gopnik, Scientific American, "An AI That Knows the World Like Children Do," 1 June 2017 But his level of flying skills, including engaging the plane’s autopilot and performing maneuvers that would be daunting even for an experienced Q400 pilot, nevertheless surprised some experts. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Plane Thief Said He Trained on Games, Didn’t Plan to Land," 12 Aug. 2018 Fashion can be daunting especially with the pressure of today’s world to have everything from hair to makeup to accessories absolutely perfect. Tahirah Hairston, Teen Vogue, "Diane von Furstenberg’s Granddaughter Talita Launches A Capsule Collection," 24 Apr. 2019 While the trend is an instant mood-booster, bright eyes can be daunting to incorporate into day-to-day wear. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Scarlett Johansson Does a Wearable Take on One of Spring’s Biggest Beauty Trends," 11 Apr. 2019 The lack of clarity regarding weight and the efficacy of emergency contraceptives is daunting, but Dr. Edelman notes that researchers are recruiting subjects for studies to answer this very question. Brittney Mcnamara, Allure, "Shrill Is Right About the Impact of Your Weight on the Morning-After Pill's Efficacy," 25 Mar. 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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