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daunt

[dawnt, dahnt] /dɔnt, dɑnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to overcome with fear; intimidate:
to daunt one's adversaries.
2.
to lessen the courage of; dishearten:
Don't be daunted by the amount of work still to be done.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Synonyms
1. overawe, subdue, dismay, frighten. 2. discourage, dispirit.
Antonyms
2. encourage.
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daunt

/dɔːnt/
verb (transitive; often passive)
1.
to intimidate
2.
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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Contemporary definitions for undaunting
adjective

not intimidating or frightening

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Word Origin and History for undaunting
adj.

1786, "not quailing" [OED], from un- (1) "not" + present participle of daunt.

daunt

v.

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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