[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
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
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