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From Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin domitō (tame, verb), frequentative of Latin domō (tame, conquer, verb), from Proto-Indo-European *demh₂- (to domesticate, tame). Doublet of dompt.



daunt (third-person singular simple present daunts, present participle daunting, simple past and past participle daunted)

  1. (transitive) To discourage, intimidate.
    • 1912, Alexander Berkman, chapter 17, in Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist:
      No, I shall not disgrace the Cause, I shall not grieve my comrades by weak surrender! I will fight and struggle, and not be daunted by threat or torture.
    • 1913, Paul Laurence Dunbar, “A Lost Dream”, in The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar:
      Ah, I have changed, I do not know / Why lonely hours affect me so. / In days of yore, this were not wont, / No loneliness my soul could daunt.
  2. (transitive) To overwhelm.

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  1. Alternative form of daunten