For More Committed Drinkers: Comedian Will durst offers a drinking game on his blog at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Lance longed for the right to soothe her, but only durst lay his hand on the back of her chair.
She felt so debased, that she durst not ask for strength where she was wont to find it.
In this action Velasquez acquiesced; probably because he durst not do otherwise.
She often perceived him, but durst not cast upon him one affectionate look.
I know not what it was, but something shocked my mind at that thought, and I durst not speak the words.
He added that he would give a thousand louis if they durst attempt it.
And no one durst withstand them, for the fear of their power had gone through every people.
As it was, they durst do nothing but hate him, and accept his information joyously.
But I heeded not that; I was under orders I durst not disobey.
from first and third person singular of Old English durran "to brave danger, dare; venture, presume," from Proto-Germanic *ders- (cf. Old Norse dearr, Old High German giturran, Gothic gadaursan), from PIE *dhers- "to dare, be courageous" (cf. Sanskrit dadharsha "to be bold;" Old Persian darš- "to dare;" Greek thrasys "bold;" Old Church Slavonic druzate "to be bold, dare;" Lithuanian dristi "to dare," drasus "courageous").
An Old English irregular preterite-present verb: darr, dearst, dear were first, second and third person singular present indicative; mostly regularized 16c., though past tense dorste survived as durst, but is now dying, persisting mainly in northern English dialect. Meaning "to challenge or defy (someone)" is first recorded 1570s.
1590s, from dare (v.).