consternate

[kon-ster-neyt]

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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Related Words for consternated

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

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British Dictionary definitions for consternated

consternate

verb
  1. (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

consternate

v.

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

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