- 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 daunting
Cold War fears could be manipulated through misleading art to attract readers to daunting material.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
ROME, Italy — Long before Ebola was a household word and a global crisis, West Africa was a daunting place.What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa? Almost Everything
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October 23, 2014
And it's that daunting task that is chronicled in Becoming Belle Knox.Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of Adult Stars
September 27, 2014
What makes this November so daunting for Democrats is that almost all of them are at work this time.The Coming Democratic Midterm Collapse
August 2, 2014
Given the daunting problems the city is grappling with—massive debt and a severe pension crisis—can you blame them?Could Rahm Lose to This Infamous Union Leader?
July 3, 2014
But if he counted on daunting Miss Gabriel, he was mistaken.Major Vigoureux
A. T. Quiller-Couch
There was an assurance about Silas Grangerson daunting in its simplicity and directness.The Ghost Girl
H. De Vere Stacpoole
It was all very unsettling and, in this heat and loneliness, daunting.The Squirrel-Cage
She even thought that she could hear his steps upon the daunting stillness.The Backwoodsmen
Charles G. D. Roberts
But to Horner the solemn sight was not daunting in the least.Kings in Exile
Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
- causing fear or discouragement; intimidating
- to intimidate
- to dishearten
Word Origin and History for daunting
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.