daunt

verb
\ 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

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But his level of flying skills, including engaging the plane’s autopilot and performing maneuvers that would be daunting even for an experienced Q400 pilot, nevertheless surprised some experts. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Plane Thief Said He Trained on Games, Didn’t Plan to Land," 12 Aug. 2018 Fashion can be daunting especially with the pressure of today’s world to have everything from hair to makeup to accessories absolutely perfect. Tahirah Hairston, Teen Vogue, "Diane von Furstenberg’s Granddaughter Talita Launches A Capsule Collection," 24 Apr. 2019 While the trend is an instant mood-booster, bright eyes can be daunting to incorporate into day-to-day wear. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Scarlett Johansson Does a Wearable Take on One of Spring’s Biggest Beauty Trends," 11 Apr. 2019 The lack of clarity regarding weight and the efficacy of emergency contraceptives is daunting, but Dr. Edelman notes that researchers are recruiting subjects for studies to answer this very question. Brittney Mcnamara, Allure, "Shrill Is Right About the Impact of Your Weight on the Morning-After Pill's Efficacy," 25 Mar. 2019 Choosing metals for your home can be daunting, so here's a suggestion: Don't choose just one. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Mix Metals in Your Home," 7 Mar. 2019 Advice to readers: Don’t be daunted by the book’s initial blizzard of puzzling jargon, or by the (sometimes overburdened) plotlines. Adam Woog, The Seattle Times, "Crime fiction: Jasper Fforde’s ‘Early Riser’ is not your average mystery novel," 25 Mar. 2019 Mike Zolk, owner of Zoom Baseball Academy in Northeast Philadelphia, said some athletes may be daunted by the time required to learn switch-hitting. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez can throw with either hand. What does that say about his brain?," 3 July 2018 Still in his 30s (like much about him and his country, his exact age is a mystery), he may be daunted by the bleak prospect of a lifetime of nuclear brinkmanship. The Economist, "Dealing with North Korea, Trump puts showmanship first," 14 June 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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daunt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of daunt

somewhat formal : to make (someone) afraid or less confident

daunt

verb
\ 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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