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[dawnt, dahnt] /dɔnt, dɑnt/
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
Related forms
dauntingly, adverb
dauntingness, noun
undaunting, adjective
1. overawe, subdue, dismay, frighten. 2. discourage, dispirit.
2. encourage. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for daunted
  • Mason dismisses any concern that freshmen might be daunted by it.
  • The mountains that so daunted early travelers still roll off to the horizon, ridge after forested ridge.
  • Government officials seemed overwhelmed and daunted by the magnitude of the devastation caused by the floods.
  • If it were not for having to eat, this prospect would not have daunted him greatly.
  • Do not be daunted by the prospect of making important decisions.
  • Not to be daunted, you set about the task of preparing for the interview.
  • If the crowd daunted them they certainly didn't show it.
  • Although the conditions and responsibilities for public participation are significant, you should not feel daunted.
  • As they prepare for federal retirement, many employees are daunted by the necessary steps and paper work that are required.
  • Do not be daunted if there seems to be little common ground.
British Dictionary definitions for daunted


verb (transitive; often passive)
to intimidate
to dishearten
Derived Forms
daunter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French danter, changed from donter to conquer, from Latin domitāre to tame
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Word Origin and History for daunted



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.

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