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daunt (verb) (used usually in the passive) frighten; intimidate; lessen confidence.

When you are daunted, you are frightened, you lose your courage and confidence, as the task ahead is very difficult and requires all your effort and courage. Climbing up a mountain in very unfavorable conditions might daunt even an expert and experienced climber. That is, even such a climber may not have the courage and confidence for the task. When something daunts a person, it frightens them, and makes them doubt their ability for the job. It may even fill them with fear.

  • Ending poverty and making it a thing of the past requires very strong determination, courage, and the united effort of all nations, and the world community is daunted more by this task than by any other.
  • Swimming against the current of a river in floods can daunt even expert swimmers and divers, in spite of their experience, as it demands a lot of courage and confidence.
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