[uhn-dawn-tid, -dahn-]


undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort: undaunted by failure.
undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear; intrepid: Although outnumbered, he was undaunted.

Origin of undaunted

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at un-1, daunt, -ed2
Related formsun·daunt·ed·ly, adverbun·daunt·ed·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of undaunted

Historical Examples of undaunted

  • 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.

  • He was a bold, undaunted, and energetic seaman, but unprincipled and merciless.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for undaunted



not put off, discouraged, or beaten
Derived Formsundauntedly, adverbundauntedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for undaunted

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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