The Latin word impavĭdus derived in our language in undaunted . It is an adjective that is used to qualify who is maintained impassive and stoic in the face of a risky, dangerous or tense situation.
For example: “Despite the screams and threats of the criminals, the man remained unaffected and never lost the calm ”, "The official candidate managed to remain unmoved and did not enter the game of the opposition leader, who intended to raise the tone of the debate", "The teenager held the insults unaffected until the thugs left".
The one who manages to remain unmoved does not lose serenity . He fear he cannot bend it and, in this way, he can act coldly, without being carried away by terror or passions.
Imagine a policeman trying to calm a group of people protesting the murder of a neighbor in the context of a robbery. Exalted, these individuals insult the member of the security force and demand a solution to the problem of insecurity. Despite the tense situation, the policeman remains unmoved and he explains to the protesters the different actions that his force carries out. The agent, in this context, understands the malaise and anguish of the people, and therefore tries not to lose his temper despite the verbal aggressions he suffers and the accusations he must face.
It is important to note that this term is not very common in everyday speech, although we can find them in the field of journalism and, of course, in literature. To understand in greater depth its meaning and its nuances, it is necessary to refer to a dictionary of synonyms, where we will find words such as the following: bold, courageous, bold and impassive. Although all of them are not suitable to replace the original in any example, their respective meanings can help us to extend the concept.
Consider the first example set out in the second paragraph of this article: a man is in a dangerous situation in which a group of criminals threaten and shout at him; However, he remains unaffected. We could intuit that it is a person intrepid and courageous, who is able to resist the urge to run away or attack his assailants, and choose one attitude of apparent calm, which can bring you better results.
In the second example, however, perhaps adjectives such as bold or courageous do not serve to reflect the true attitude of the politician who decides to ignore the provocations of his opponent, since it is not a situation of danger ; in this case, it is probably more appropriate to say that it remained impassive.
As we can see, the concept of undaunted It has a clear etymological root that tells us of an attitude of indifference to fear, but also has several nuances that tell us about serenity , of calm and that include situations with a high degree of danger, from a symbolic threat to a work position to the risk of serious physical injuries, for example.
The noun linked to this adjective is impatience , and it is a feature that some say is born with us while others believe it is possible to develop this serenity of cheer up in the face of danger The first position relates impatience with an immutable characteristic of personality; the second, however, opens the doors to learn it through experience, to become stronger in the face of adversity.
"Undaunted" Finally, it is the title of a movie Spanish premiered in 2012 . The film, directed by Carlos Therón , revolves around the adventures of a car thief.