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Definition to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
  • It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
  • Obstacles don't daunt her.
  • daunt = discourage or intimidate
  • Don't be troubled, Meg, poverty seldom daunts a sincere lover.
    Alcott, Louisa May  --  Little Women
  • their dauntless men maintain the field
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • dauntless = never discouraged or intimidated
  • Do not believe him! He has lost all power, save his voice that can still daunt you and deceive you, if you let it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • daunt = discourage or intimidate
  • I wanted this job...—but it is as daunting as it is satisfying, to cover your home for strangers.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • daunting = intimidating
  • Gods take daunting shapes when they appear.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • daunting = intimidating
  • It is maybe the first time I've seen Peter be truly Dauntless.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • dauntless = fearless and determined
  • Madaline's stories stirred up an old restlessness in me, an urge I'd always had to strike out headlong into the world, to be dauntless.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • dauntless = without discouragement or intimidation
  • But I think the rest of her is becoming dauntless, even with our years and troubles.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • dauntless = never discouraged or intimidated
  • She tried four times to knock on the daunting flesh of the door, but she could not bring herself to do it.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • daunting = intimidating
  • The alchemist was a bit daunting, but, as the boy drank the wine, he relaxed.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • daunting = intimidating
  • The information didn't look too daunting.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • daunting = discouraging or intimidating
  • The state troopers were huge and daunting in their gray uniforms.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • daunting = intimidating
  • The word was too good, too bitter, too successfully daunting to be repeated.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • daunting = discouraging or intimidating
  • I found it frightening, invigorating, daunting, and exhilarating all at the same time.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • daunting = discouraging or intimidating
  • And the prospect of treating more than a handful was daunting.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • daunting = intimidating or discouraging
  • facing peril and death with dauntless heart, going to his doom with a grim smile on his lips.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • dauntless = a never discouraged
  • Mathematics and Science were straightforward and more familiar, if daunting.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • daunting = discouraging or intimidating
  • Sir David himself finds the task rather daunting and suspects he will not accomplish it before Reginald's wedding day.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
daunting = discouraging or intimidating

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