daunt [ dɔnt ] verb transitive often passive
if something daunts you, it makes you worried because you think it will be very difficult or dangerous to do:
I admit I'm daunted by the job, but I'm going to try my best.
nothing daunted FORMAL
not made less confident or hopeful in any way

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • daunt — daunt·ing·ly; daunt·less; daunt·less·ly; daunt·less·ness; un·daunt·able; un·daunt·ed·ly; un·daunt·ed·ness; daunt; …   English syllables

  • Daunt — (d[add]nt; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Daunted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Daunting}.] [OF. danter, F. dompter to tame, subdue, fr. L. domitare, v. intens. of domare to tame. See {Tame}.] 1. To overcome; to conquer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To repress or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • daunt´er — daunt «dnt, dahnt», transitive verb. 1. to frighten; overcome with fear: »Danger did not daunt the hero. SYNONYM(S): intimidate, cow. 2. to discourage; lessen the courage of: »Not daunted by his first failure, he tried again. SYNONYM(S): dismay,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • daunt — index browbeat, discourage, dissuade, frighten, intimidate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • daunt — [do:nt US do:nt] v [T usually passive] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: danter, from Latin domitare to train (something) so that it obeys ] 1.) to make someone feel afraid or less confident about something ▪ He felt utterly daunted by the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • daunt — c.1300, to vanquish, from O.Fr. danter, variant of donter (12c., Mod.Fr. dompter) be afraid of, fear, doubt; control, restrain, from L. domitare, frequentative of domare to tame (see TAME (Cf. tame)). Sense of to intimidate is from late 15c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • daunt — appall, *dismay, horrify Analogous words: cow, *intimidate, browbeat: discomfit, disconcert, faze (see EMBARRASS): foil, thwart, baffle (see FRUSTRATE): *frighten, alarm, scare, terrify Contrasted words: rally, rouse, arouse, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • daunt — [v] frighten, alarm appall, baffle, browbeat, bully, consternate, cow, deter, discourage, dishearten, dismay, dispirit, foil, horrify, intimidate, overawe, put off*, scare, shake, subdue, terrify, thwart; concepts 7,19 Ant. aid, assist, embolden …   New thesaurus

  • daunt — ► VERB (usu. be daunted) ▪ cause to feel intimidated or apprehensive. DERIVATIVES daunting adjective. ORIGIN Old French danter, from Latin domare to tame …   English terms dictionary

  • daunt — [dônt, dänt] vt. [ME daunten < OFr danter, donter < L domitare, to tame, freq. of domare, TAME] to make discouraged; intimidate; dishearten SYN. DISMAY …   English World dictionary

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