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Origin of daunt
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OTHER WORDS FROM dauntdaunt·ing·ly, adverbdaunt·ing·ness, nounun·daunt·ing, adjective
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What does daunting mean?
If a task is daunting, it’s intimidating or overwhelming in a way that makes you not even want to try to do it.
Daunting is the progressive or continuous tense (the -ing form) of the verb daunt, meaning to intimidate or discourage. But daunting is commonly used as an adjective. It is almost always used to describe tasks, projects, or other things that need to be done.
Example: When I first started at this job, I was assigned the daunting task of reorganizing 10 years’ worth of files.
Where does daunting come from?
Daunting is the adjective form of the verb daunt. Daunt comes from the Old French danter, an alteration of donter, meaning “to conquer.” This word came from Latin domitāre, “to tame.” Daunt has been used in English since at least the 1300s, with daunting coming later.
When something is daunting, you dread doing it—it’s overwhelming and you don’t even know how to begin. Daunting is usually used to describe overwhelming tasks, like reading a 1,000-page book, or writing a 50-page paper, or having to read a 1,000-page book and then write a 50-page paper on it. Some things are daunting not because they would take a long time to do but simply because they’re intimidating, like the daunting prospect of having to speak in front of a room full of strangers. Sometimes, things are described as daunting even when they’re not all that important, like the daunting task of cleaning out the garage for the first time in 15 years, or the daunting commitment of streaming a 10-season TV show.
Some people try to make projects less daunting by breaking them down into smaller tasks, making a to-do list, and crossing things off one at a time. The best way to make an assignment seem less daunting and more doable? Starting it.
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- daunt (verb)
- dauntingly (adverb)
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How is daunting used in real life?
Daunting is often used with words like task and prospect. It can refer to intimidating tasks that are serious or not-so-serious, as long as they’re overwhelming in some way.
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Is daunting used correctly in the following sentence?
Going to a small gathering might seem like fun, but for someone with social anxiety it can be pretty daunting.
Example sentences 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