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consternate

[ kon-ster-neyt ]
/ ˈkɒn stərˌneɪt /
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verb (used with object), con·ster·nat·ed, con·ster·nat·ing.

to dismay, confuse, or terrify.

RELATED WORDS

frighten, alarm, shock, confuse, unnerve, horrify, daunt, scare, terrify

Nearby words

constellate, constellation, constellations, constellatory, conster, consternate, consternation, constipate, constipated, constipation, constituency

Origin of consternate

1645–55; < Latin consternātus, past participle of consternāre 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
Related formsun·con·ster·nat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for consternate

  • 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

/ (ˈkɒnstəˌneɪt) /

verb

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

Word Origin for consternate

C17: from Latin consternāre, from sternere to lay low, spread out
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Word Origin and History for consternate

consternate


v.

1650s, from Latin consternatus, past participle of consternare (see consternation).

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