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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.
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
Related forms
dauntingly, adverb
dauntingness, noun
undaunting, adjective
1. overawe, subdue, dismay, frighten. 2. discourage, dispirit.
2. encourage. Unabridged
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  • The sub-damsel looked set down for a minute, but nought ever daunted her for long.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • But his faith in the France of his imagination was not daunted.

  • The Flemings, however, were not daunted by this circumstance, which certainly did not favour this project.

    Cressy and Poictiers John G. (John George) Edgar
  • An entire brigade of Crippses would not have daunted me then.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Her voice, cool as the plash of ice water, might have daunted a less resolute man.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
  • Philip was vanquished, and he knew it, but he was not daunted, he was not distressed.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • They were not daunted at all by the great failures in the east.

    The Sword of Antietam Joseph A. Altsheler
  • No risk of loss, no possible disadvantage, daunted Mr. McCoy.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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