The Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Ozappeared at first to be easily daunted, but, in fact, he showed unusual courage. Still, his efforts to daunt Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man were less than successful.

  • Pronunciation: /dɔːnt/
  • English Description: to make someone feel afraid or less confident about something
  • Chinese Translation: 气馁(Qi4 Nei3)
  • Spanish Translation: acobardar
  • STORY: When bringing a new kitten home you don't want to daunt it by forcing it out of its carrier too soon—open the door and let it come out when it's ready. Daunt means to frighten or scare off and, conveniently, it rhymes with haunt, another word which means to frighten, thought in a creepier sense. Daunt often shows up as part of the adjective undaunted, which describes someone who remains unafraid or perseveres in the face of scary circumstances.


  • Merging two strangers together for a long drive across country may seem daunting—especially if you’re one of the two.Forbes May 6, 2015

  • It helped them overwhelm Pittsburgh last round, but Washington, which leads this Eastern Conference semifinal by two games to one, presents a more daunting foil.

P.S: New word description, story and part of "EXAMPLE SENTENCE" are cited in Vocabulary.com