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consternate

[kon-ster-neyt]
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verb (used with object), con·ster·nat·ed, con·ster·nat·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsun·con·ster·nat·ed, adjective
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  • 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

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

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

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

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