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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

CONSTERNATION

consternation |ˌkänstərˈnā sh ən| noun feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected : I always welcomed clover, much to the consternation of the neighbors. ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from Latin consternatio(n-), from the verb consternare ‘lay prostrate, terrify’ (see consternate ).

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