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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Definitions for daunt

  1. to frighten; overcome with fear
  2. to discourage; lessen the courage of

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Citations for daunt
"The huge size of a vessel does not seem to daunt the pirates," he said. "It shows their high degree of audacity and resources." Xan Rice, The Guardian
It's a job that can daunt grieving relatives or anyone who hasn't had experience digging through federal files. Jack Forgy, Miami Herald
Origin of daunt
c1300, from Old French danter, variant of donter, from Latin domare "to tame." Originally meant "to vanquish;" sense of "to intimidate" is from c 1475.