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.
Origin of daunt
1250–1300;Middle Englishda(u)nten < Anglo-Frenchda(u)nter,Old Frenchdanter, alteration of donter (probably by influence of dangier power, authority; see danger) < Latindomitāre to tame, derivative of domitus, past participle of domāre to tame
Related formsdaunt·ing·ly, adverbdaunt·ing·ness, nounun·daunt·ing, adjective
1786, "not quailing" [OED], from un- (1) "not" + present participle of daunt.
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.