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undaunted

[uhn-dawn-tid, -dahn-] /ʌnˈdɔn tɪd, -ˈdɑn-/
adjective
1.
undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort:
undaunted by failure.
2.
undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear; intrepid:
Although outnumbered, he was undaunted.
Origin of undaunted
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at un-1, daunt, -ed2
Related forms
undauntedly, adverb
undauntedness, noun
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  • It must be said of him, however, that he was a man of cool and undaunted courage.

  • It persists; it is of an undaunted boldness and of a fortitude not to be wearied out.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Captain's face was blackened, and his clothes were scorched, but his spirit was undaunted.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "I have no orders to surrender, —— you," returned the undaunted confederate.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
  • He was a bold, undaunted, and energetic seaman, but unprincipled and merciless.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for undaunted

undaunted

/ʌnˈdɔːntɪd/
adjective
1.
not put off, discouraged, or beaten
Derived Forms
undauntedly, adverb
undauntedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for undaunted
adj.

mid-15c., with reference to horses, "untamed, not broken in," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of daunt (v.). In reference to persons, meaning "intrepid" is recorded from 1580s.

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