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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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  • Each step of making a wedding cake is easy, but the whole procedure might seem daunting.
British Dictionary definitions for daunting


causing fear or discouragement; intimidating
Derived Forms
dauntingly, adverb


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 daunting



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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