daunting
daunting daunting adj. serving to discourage, dishearten, or intimidate; discouraging; disheartening. Opposite of {encouraging}.

Syn: intimidating. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • daunting — adjective frightening in a way that makes you feel less confident: It s a daunting task, but we re optimistic. | daunting prospect (=something daunting that you are going to do): the daunting prospect of asking for a loan …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • daunting — daunt|ing [ˈdo:ntıŋ US ˈdo:n ] adj frightening in a way that makes you feel less confident ▪ The trip seemed rather daunting for a young girl. ▪ He s got the daunting task of following in Ferguson s footsteps. ▪ the daunting prospect of asking… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • daunting — daunt|ing [ dɔntıŋ ] adjective something that is daunting makes you worried because you think it will be very difficult or dangerous to do: a daunting task/challenge/prospect: We are left with the daunting task of cleaning up this mess. ╾… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • daunting — UK [ˈdɔːntɪŋ] / US [ˈdɔntɪŋ] adjective something that is daunting makes you worried because you think that it will be very difficult or dangerous to do a daunting task/challenge/prospect: We are left with the daunting task of cleaning up this… …   English dictionary

  • Daunting — Daunt Daunt (d[add]nt; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Daunted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Daunting}.] [OF. danter, F. dompter to tame, subdue, fr. L. domitare, v. intens. of domare to tame. See {Tame}.] 1. To overcome; to conquer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • daunting — adjective Date: 13th century tending to overwhelm or intimidate < a daunting task > • dauntingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • daunting — adj. Daunting is used with these nouns: ↑challenge, ↑prospect, ↑task …   Collocations dictionary

  • daunting — [ˈdɔːntɪŋ] adj something that is daunting makes you worried because you think that it will be very difficult or dangerous to do …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • daunting — daunt ► VERB (usu. be daunted) ▪ cause to feel intimidated or apprehensive. DERIVATIVES daunting adjective. ORIGIN Old French danter, from Latin domare to tame …   English terms dictionary

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