daunt

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 prospect of moving to another country.
Don't be daunted by all the technology.
2.) nothing daunted
old-fashioned used to say that someone continues or starts to do something in spite of difficulties
It was steep but, nothing daunted, he started climbing.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 — [ 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… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern 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

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.