- 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 daunted
Having been raised in the Midwest, I am always astonished by people who are daunted by snow.Stop Whining About Uber’s Surge Pricing
December 16, 2013
He was daunted by the thought of writing it for everyone else.Meredith Kercher’s Father on ‘Our Daughter’s Murder’
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 26, 2012
But his faith in the France of his imagination was not daunted.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Maurice was daunted; he stooped and raised the weapon in his hand.The Downfall
An entire brigade of Crippses would not have daunted me then.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
Philip was vanquished, and he knew it, but he was not daunted, he was not distressed.The Manxman
See now, let us dance and sing, so that the jailers may know we are not daunted.Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
- to intimidate
- to dishearten
Word Origin and History for daunted
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.