Daunt 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 subdue the courage of; to check by fear of danger; to cow; to intimidate; to dishearten. [1913 Webster]

Some presences daunt and discourage us. --Glanvill.

Syn: To dismay; appall. See {Dismay}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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