verb (used with object)
Origin of daunt
Examples from the Web for daunting
Cold War fears could be manipulated through misleading art to attract readers to daunting material.
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|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Aurora Snow|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What makes this November so daunting for Democrats is that almost all of them are at work this time.
Given the daunting problems the city is grappling with—massive debt and a severe pension crisis—can you blame them?
Instead of daunting Ahab, the loss exasperates him; and by long brooding over it his reason becomes shaken.
The decision to send her away (long held over her head as a threat), instead of daunting Aldred, had delighted her.A Fourth Form Friendship|Angela Brazil
His sledge-hammer logic and array of excellent if rather limited illustrations are capable of daunting the most doughty opponent.An Introduction to Mythology|Lewis Spence
He turned quickly and made off into the woods, followed by a loud, daunting laugh which spurred his pace to a panicky gallop.The Backwoodsmen|Charles G. D. Roberts
The thing was uncanny; it was daunting and smacked of witchcraft.The Glory of The Coming|Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for daunting (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for daunting (2 of 2)
verb (tr; often passive)
Word Origin for daunt
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.