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dauntless

[dawnt-lis, dahnt-] /ˈdɔnt lɪs, ˈdɑnt-/
adjective
1.
not to be daunted or intimidated; fearless; intrepid; bold:
a dauntless hero.
noun
2.
(initial capital letter). Also called Douglas SBD. the principal U.S. Navy fleet bomber of early World War II, capable of carrying bombs or depth charges and particularly successful as a dive bomber.
Origin of dauntless
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; daunt + -less
Related forms
dauntlessly, adverb
dauntlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. undaunted, daring, indomitable, brave, courageous.
Antonyms
1. fearful, timid.
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  • And, firm and dauntless, Morton laid his hand on the giant's vest.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But she has never since been quite so dauntless, quite so full of the joy of life.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war, There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.

  • And straight against that great array, forth went the dauntless three.

  • To his bower was Beowulf brought in haste, dauntless victor.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • There was a dauntless spirit of resolution in the eyes of the younger man.

British Dictionary definitions for dauntless

dauntless

/ˈdɔːntlɪs/
adjective
1.
bold; fearless; intrepid
Derived Forms
dauntlessly, adverb
dauntlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dauntless
adj.

1590s, from daunt + -less. Related: Dauntlessly.

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