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[kon-ster-neyt] /ˈkɒn stərˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), consternated, consternating.
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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unconsternated, adjective Unabridged
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  • 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


(transitive; usually passive) to fill with anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion
Word Origin
C17: from Latin consternāre, from sternere to lay low, spread out
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Word Origin and History for consternate

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

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