[dawnt, dahnt]
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.

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

dauntingly, adverb
dauntingness, noun
undaunting, adjective

1. overawe, subdue, dismay, frighten. 2. discourage, dispirit.

2. encourage.
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daunt (dɔːnt)
1.  to intimidate
2.  to dishearten
[C13: from Old French danter, changed from donter to conquer, from Latin domitāre to tame]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. danter, var. of donter, from L. domitare, freq. of domare "to tame" (see tame). Originally "to vanquish;" sense of "to intimidate" is from late 15c.
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Example sentences
And the old performance conventions are enough to daunt even the boldest of
  today's interpreters and impresarios.
Previous failures, however, do not daunt the latest contender for the prize.
The author writes of experiences that would daunt many.
Tuition, fees and living expenses are enough to daunt the brightest students.
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