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 (dônt, dänt)
tr.v. daunt·ed, daunt·ing, daunts
To lessen the courage or resolution of; dishearten or intimidate: "Dogged by sickness, daunted by the continuing economic downturn, he continued to fall behind" (Brooks D. Simpson).

[Middle English daunten, from Old French danter, from Latin domitāre, frequentative of domāre, to tame; see demə- in Indo-European roots.]

daunt′er n.
daunt′ing·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.dauntingly - to a degree or in a manner that daunts; "dauntingly difficult"
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[ˈdɔːntɪŋli] adv
dauntingly long → d'une longueur intimidante
dauntingly articulate
She is dauntingly articulate → Elle s'exprime avec une aisance intimidante.
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