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

to dismay, confuse, or terrify.

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
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Related Words for consternated

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

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British Dictionary definitions for consternated



(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 consternated



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

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