verb (used with object), con·ster·nat·ed, con·ster·nat·ing.
to dismay, confuse, or terrify.
Origin of consternate
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If we were to disarm, as these ladies advise, war would come upon us with consternate suddenness.Defenseless America
(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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1650s, from Latin consternatus, past participle of consternare (see consternation).
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