consternate

[ kon-ster-neyt ]
/ ˈkɒn stərˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), con·ster·nat·ed, con·ster·nat·ing.

to dismay, confuse, or terrify.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM consternate

un·con·ster·nat·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for consternate

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

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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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