\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Neither the science nor statistics of the new vaccine daunt them. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2021 There are no right or wrong answers, but the choices can daunt us. Kris Putnam-walkerly, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The Wings' 2019-20 struggles to score and defend do not daunt Greiss. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 11 Oct. 2020 Still, the question of truth in any spy story proves daunting because intelligence assessments are fundamentally political dramas. Howard Blum, Time, 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, 1 June 2020 In theory, the process sounds straightforward, but the details can be daunting. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 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, 4 May 2020 But the prospect of actually moving to New York has gone from daunting to incomprehensible. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 28 Apr. 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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The first known use of daunt was in the 14th century

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10 May 2021

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“Daunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daunt. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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