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daunt

[ dawnt, dahnt ]
/ dɔnt, dɑnt /
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verb (used with object)

to overcome with fear; intimidate: to daunt one's adversaries.
to lessen the courage of; dishearten: Don't be daunted by the amount of work still to be done.

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Origin of daunt

1250–1300; Middle English da(u)nten < Anglo-French da(u)nter, Old French danter, alteration of donter (probably by influence of dangier power, authority; see danger) < Latin domitāre to tame, derivative of domitus, past participle of domāre to tame
SYNONYMS FOR daunt
Related formsdaunt·ing·ly, adverbdaunt·ing·ness, nounun·daunt·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for daunting (1 of 2)

daunting

/ (ˈdɔːntɪŋ) /

adjective

causing fear or discouragement; intimidating
Derived Formsdauntingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for daunting (2 of 2)

daunt

/ (dɔːnt) /

verb (tr; often passive)

to intimidate
to dishearten
Derived Formsdaunter, noun

Word Origin for daunt

C13: from Old French danter, changed from donter to conquer, from Latin domitāre to tame
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Word Origin and History for daunting

daunt


v.

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.

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