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Examples of dauntless in a sentence
dauntless heroes who are inclined to rush to danger, not away from it
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The history of the world is peopled with dauntless men and women who refused to be subdued or "tamed" by fear. The word dauntless can be traced back to Latin domare, meaning "to tame" or "to subdue." When our verb daunt (a domare descendant borrowed by way of Anglo-French) was first used in the 14th century, it shared these meanings. The now-obsolete "tame" sense referred to the taming or breaking of wild animals, particularly horses: an undaunted horse was an unbroken horse. Not until the late 16th century did we use undaunted with the meaning "undiscouraged and courageously resolute" to describe people. By then, such lionhearted souls could also be described as undauntable, and finally, in Henry VI, Part 3, Shakespeare gave us dauntless.
Origin and Etymology of dauntless
First Known Use: 1588
DAUNTLESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dauntless for English Language Learners
: very brave
DAUNTLESS Defined for Kids
Definition of dauntless for Students
: bravely determined The dauntless pilot performed dangerous maneuvers.
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