\ ˈdȯnt, 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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While the thought of vacuuming a gazillion cookie crumbs and tackling all those dirty dishes can be daunting, figuring out when to take down the Christmas tree might just be the toughest task of them all. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "When Should You Take Your Christmas Tree Down? The Answer Will Definitely Surprise You," 24 Dec. 2018 The group element can be daunting at first, but the camaraderie of the collective experience is the winning factor of a stay here. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 Finding the right match can also be daunting, especially when people are from such different backgrounds. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "The Bond Between an African Caregiver and Her New Jersey ‘Mum’," 1 Oct. 2018 There's literally no catch, except for the fact that with a total of 450 products to sift through, narrowing the options down can be daunting, and seeing products sell out before your eyes cues up the worst kind of stress. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "The Best Beauty Deals From Nordstrom's 2018 Anniversary Sale," 23 July 2018 Switching it up from skinny to relaxed can be daunting. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Benedict Cumberbatch Got a Goddamn Fit Off," 21 May 2018 Handicapping your garden-variety eight-horse field on a Saturday afternoon can be daunting in itself. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Handicappers offer tips on Kentucky Derby," 4 May 2018 For someone who is already resistant to going to the doctor, logistical nuisances like finding a provider, working out the insurance, and obtaining old medical records can seem like daunting obstacles. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Persuade Someone You Love to See a Doctor," 6 Nov. 2018 What authorities have managed to erect is a daunting bureaucratic pyramid of paperwork for victims to get their buildings evaluated, repaired, demolished or replaced. Fox News, "Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake," 18 Sep. 2018

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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

: to make (someone) afraid or less confident


\ ˈdȯnt \
daunted; daunting

Kids Definition of daunt

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

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