One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fill (someone) with anxiety.‘‘Oh dear,’ said Georgiana, looking a little consternated’
- ‘The man, 46, had recently consternated society by marrying an 18-year-old, who was not only younger than his son but also five months pregnant.’
- ‘It's easy to see why the University was consternated by the research.’
- ‘He was consternated, as memories began to flow torrentially back into his mind.’
- ‘He consternates his teammates with his inconsistency.’
- ‘The cannibals are consternated, but they give in; he gets the fork.’
- ‘I am shocked, consternated even, by your complete lack of Disciplinary Spirit!’
- ‘I have recommended it to every friend I have had who was consternated by what they were facing in corporate structure.’
- ‘The talented actress is stuck with the thankless, limited role of Joe's consternated girlfriend.’
- ‘More than once he keeps matters from becoming too ponderous, especially during a recital of crimes his daughter committed, long and surreal and made deeply funny by his air of consternated frustration.’
- ‘I was consternated by some of the immediate responses individuals fired off at her.’
- ‘I think initially she was consternated by the whole international thing.’
- ‘An amused and consternated look passed over his face.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin consternat- ‘terrified, prostrated’, from the verb consternare.
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