- to overcome with fear; intimidate: to daunt one's adversaries.
- to lessen the courage of; dishearten: Don't be daunted by the amount of work still to be done.
Origin of daunt
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Examples from the Web for daunt
She felt a dismal suspicion that this was going to daunt her.Quaint Courtships
Happy, healthy, hearty and with a fund of good nature that nothing could daunt.Frank Roscoe's Secret
All night he ran, blundering in the darkness into mishaps and obstacles that delayed but did not daunt.White Fang
If they are imaginary, there is too much in this Book against quackery to daunt us.The Book of Khalid
These were not considerations to daunt a soldier, a valiant man of war.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
- to intimidate
- to dishearten
Word Origin and History for daunt
c.1300, "to vanquish," from Old French danter, variant of donter (12c., Modern French dompter) "be afraid of, fear, doubt; control, restrain," from Latin domitare, frequentative of domare "to tame" (see tame (v.)). Sense of "to intimidate" is from late 15c. Related: Daunted; daunting.