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consternate

[ kon-ster-neyt ]
/ 藞k蓲n st蓹r藢ne瑟t /
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verb (used with object), con路ster路nat路ed, con路ster路nat路ing.
to dismay, confuse, or terrify.
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Origin of consternate

1645鈥55; <Latin constern膩tus, past participle of constern膩re to unsettle, throw into confusion, perhaps intensive derivative of consternere to cover, spread (with) (con-con- + sternere to strew; cf. stratum), though sense development uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM consternate

un路con路ster路nat路ed, adjective
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How to use consternate in a sentence

  • If we were to disarm, as these ladies advise, war would come upon us with consternate suddenness.

    Defenseless America|Hudson Maxim

British Dictionary definitions for consternate

consternate
/ (藞k蓲nst蓹藢ne瑟t) /

verb
(tr; usually passive) to fill with anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion

Word Origin for consternate

C17: from Latin constern膩re, from sternere to lay low, spread out
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