daunt·​ing | \ ˈdȯn-tiŋ How to pronounce daunting (audio) , ˈdän-\

Definition of daunting

: tending to overwhelm or intimidate a daunting task

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Other Words from daunting

dauntingly \ ˈdȯn-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce dauntingly (audio) , ˈdän-​ \ adverb

Examples of daunting in a Sentence

Few things are more daunting than having to speak in front of a large crowd. Shakespeare's plays can be daunting for a young reader.

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Above you, the flank of Mount Diablo rises, a bit daunting. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday getaway to Mitchell Canyon," 6 May 2018 The annual cinematic feast that is the Maryland Film Festival can be a little daunting — with nearly 40 feature films to choose from, not to mention a handful of shorts programs, choosing the best things to see is never easy. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Film Festival's 12 must-see movies," 2 May 2018 The 12-person jury in Brooklyn federal court faces the daunting task of digesting evidence from a three-month trial, during which the government called more than 50 witnesses and showed hundreds of exhibits. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "‘El Chapo’ Jury Ends Third Day of Deliberations Without Verdict," 6 Feb. 2019 But with thousands of formulas on the market, choosing a product that works (and looks great on Instagram) is a potentially daunting task. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Facialists on the 2-Step Masking Routines They Do at Home," 28 Jan. 2019 Juggling a production company, a TV show, a beauty business, a high-profile romance, and motherhood may seem daunting to most, but Lopez finds her busy life exhilarating. Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Is (Still) on Top of the World," 9 Jan. 2019 Facing an adversary with an unlimited budget and no rational decision maker to monitor cost-effectiveness poses a daunting challenge. Alex Kozinski, WSJ, "How a Pointless Lawsuit Took Off," 24 Jan. 2019 Her week includes a daunting challenge to bring a statewide network of partners together for a retreat—not an easy task when the goal of the organization is to reduce how much Californians drive. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Olympic National Park, located in Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, is faced with a daunting challenge: removing a ballooning mountain goat population that's developed a strong appetite for human pee. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Mountain Goats Are Being Airlifted Out of a National Park Because They Crave Human Pee," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of daunting

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daunting

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The first known use of daunting was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of daunting

somewhat formal : tending to make people afraid or less confident : very difficult to do or deal with


daunt·​ing | \ ˈdȯn-tiŋ How to pronounce daunting (audio) \

Kids Definition of daunting

: likely to discourage or frighten a daunting challenge

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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