daunt

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verb \ˈdȯnt, ˈdänt\

Definition of daunt

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lessen the courage of :  cow, subdue

Examples of daunt in a sentence

  1. <the raging inferno didn't daunt the firefighters for a moment>

Origin and Etymology of daunt

Middle English, from Anglo-French danter, daunter, from Latin domitare to tame, frequentative of domare — more at tame


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of daunt

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>.


DAUNT Defined for English Language Learners

daunt

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verb \ˈdȯnt, ˈdänt\

Definition of daunt for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) afraid or less confident


DAUNT Defined for Kids

daunt

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verb \ˈdȯnt\

Definition of daunt for Students

daunted

daunting

  1. :  discourage 1, frighten <The dangers didn't daunt them.>



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