Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Word of the Day for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

consternation \kon-ster-NEY-shuhn\, noun:

sudden dread or paralyzing terror

To our consternation, the phone rang just as we were about to leave.

by 1611, from French consternation, from Latin consternationem, from consternare "overcome, confuse, dismay," from com- intensive prefix + sternare "throw down" Entry and Pronunciation for consternation

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