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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Definitions for daunt

  1. to frighten; overcome with fear
  2. to discourage; lessen the courage of

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Citations for daunt
"The huge size of a vessel does not seem to daunt the pirates," he said. "It shows their high degree of audacity and resources." Xan Rice, The Guardian
It's a job that can daunt grieving relatives or anyone who hasn't had experience digging through federal files. Jack Forgy, Miami Herald
Origin of daunt
1250-1300
c1300, from Old French danter, variant of donter, from Latin domare "to tame." Originally meant "to vanquish;" sense of "to intimidate" is from c 1475.