a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.

1605–15; < Latin consternātiōn- (stem of consternātiō). See consternate, -ion

bewilderment, alarm, terror, fear, panic, fright, horror.

composure, equanimity. Unabridged
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consternation (ˌkɒnstəˈneɪʃən)
a feeling of anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion

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Word Origin & History

1610s, from Fr. consternation, from L. consternationem (nom. consternatio), from consternare "overcome, confuse, dismay," from com- intensive prefix + sternare "throw down."
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Example sentences
To her consternation, she realized she was in over her head.
Aleck caused consternation to his father by his lack of interest in his studies.
The vehemence of the crackdown has provoked consternation among some members of
  the public.
One area that has been a cause of consternation for many is when to start
  postpartum contraception.
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