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Word of the Day for Thursday, January 8, 2009

daunt \dawnt, dahnt\, verb:

1. to frighten; overcome with fear
2. to discourage; lesson the courage of

"The huge size of a vessel does not seem to daunt the pirates," he said. "It shows their high degree of audacity and resources."
-- Xan Rice, The Guardian, 2008-11-18
It's a job that can daunt grieving relatives or anyone who hasn't had experience digging through federal files.
-- Jack Forgy, Miami Herald, 2008-10-22

c1300, from Old French danter, variant of donter, from Latin domare "to tame." Originally meant "to vanquish;" sense of "to intimidate" is from c 1475.

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