daunting

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

daunt +‎ -ing

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Adjective[edit]

daunting (comparative more daunting, superlative most daunting)

  1. Discouraging, inspiring fear.
    Synonyms: discouraging, disconcerting, frightening, formidable, unnerving, unsettling, dismaying
  2. Overwhelming, intimidatingly impressive.
    Synonyms: intimidating, overwhelming
    • 1915, Edgar Jepson, chapter 9, in Happy Pollyooly: The Rich Little Poor Girl:
      She reached it soon after half-past two. She found its gloomy nineteenth-century façade, black with the smuts of ninety years, a little daunting, and mounted its broad steps in some trepidation. But she rang the bell hard and knocked firmly.
  3. Appearing to be difficult.
    Synonyms: challenging, intimidating
    It was a daunting task, but it was accomplished with some forward planning.

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Verb[edit]

daunting

  1. present participle of daunt