from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cause consternation in.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To throw into confusion; dismay; terrify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb to cause to be confused; confuse emotionally; to dismay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To cause consternation
  • verb To dismay

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin cōnsternāre, cōnsternāt- : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + sternere, to throw down; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]


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