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.


  1. causing fear or discouragement; intimidating

verb (tr; often passive)

  1. to intimidate
  2. to dishearten

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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