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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

consternation

\kon-ster-NEY-shuhn\ , noun;
1.
sudden dread or paralyzing terror
Quotes:
To our consternation, the phone rang just as we were about to leave.
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Origin:
by 1611, from French consternation, from Latin consternationem, from consternare "overcome, confuse, dismay," from com- intensive prefix + sternare "throw down"
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