The steepness of the mountain daunted the team of amateur climbers who hadn't realized what they were in for.
The size of the players on the visiting team was daunting. The players on the home team began to perspire nervously.
To be dauntless or undaunted is to be fearless or unintimidated. The rescue crew was undaunted by the flames and ran into the burning house look for survivors. They were dauntless in their effort to save the people inside.
Debauchery (di BAW Church ree) n: wild living; excessive intemperance
Debauchery can be expensive. Fortunately for William, his wallet matched his appetite for extravagant pleasures. He died a poor albeit happy man..
To debauch is to seduce or corrupt. Someone who is debauched has been seduced or corrupted.
Debilitate (di BILL I TATE) v: to weaken; to cripple
Hank debilitated Joe by hitting him on the head with a skillet.
The football Player's career was ended by a debilitating injury to his knee.
To become debilitated is to suffer debility which is the opposite of ability. A surgeon who becomes debilitated is one who has lost the ability to operate on the debilities of other people.
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