daunt

[ dawnt, dahnt ]
/ dɔnt, dɑnt /
See synonyms for: daunt / daunted / daunting on Thesaurus.com

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

OTHER WORDS FROM daunt

daunt·ing·ly, adverbdaunt·ing·ness, nounun·daunt·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for daunt

daunt
/ (dɔːnt) /

verb (tr; often passive)

to intimidate
to dishearten

Derived forms of daunt

daunter, noun

Word Origin for daunt

C13: from Old French danter, changed from donter to conquer, from Latin domitāre to tame
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