[dawnt, dahnt]

daunt Definition

  • 1to make someone feel intimidated or apprehensive
  • 2to discourage or dishearten someone

Using daunt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "daunt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The size of the task ahead daunted him.

  • Example

    She was not daunted by the challenge and continued to work hard.

  • Example

    The prospect of speaking in front of a large audience daunts me.

  • Example

    The steep climb to the summit daunted even the most experienced climbers.

daunt Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using daunt

  • to feel intimidated or discouraged by the idea of something


    She was daunted by the thought of having to speak in public.

  • to not be intimidated or discouraged by something


    Despite the challenges, he was not daunted by the task ahead.

  • dauntless spirit

    a fearless or courageous attitude


    Her dauntless spirit inspired others to take action and stand up for what they believed in.

Phrases with daunt

  • a task that seems difficult to accomplish or achieve


    The daunting task of writing a novel can be overwhelming for many writers.

  • a challenge that seems difficult to overcome or conquer


    The daunting challenge of climbing Mount Everest requires months of preparation and training.

  • a prospect that seems difficult or challenging to face


    The daunting prospect of finding a new job can be stressful and overwhelming.

Origins of daunt

from Old French 'danter', meaning 'to tame'


Summary: daunt in Brief

'Daunt' [dawnt, dahnt] means to intimidate or discourage someone, often in the face of a difficult task or challenge. It can be used to describe a person's emotional state, as in 'The prospect of speaking in front of a large audience daunts me.' The term is also used in phrases like 'daunting task,' 'daunting challenge,' and 'daunting prospect,' which all refer to situations that seem difficult or challenging to face.