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consternation

[kon-ster-ney-shuh n] /ˌkɒn stərˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.
Origin of consternation
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin consternātiōn- (stem of consternātiō). See consternate, -ion
Synonyms
bewilderment, alarm, terror, fear, panic, fright, horror.
Antonyms
composure, equanimity.
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  • Great was the consternation of the Abbot when he confronted this awful apparition.

  • What consternation and grief there would be throughout the world!

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • By this time the consternation in the enemy's camp was all that the sorceress could desire.

  • Temporarily dumb with consternation, he returned her stare as silently.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • consternation filled me as I heard this terrible accusation.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for consternation

consternation

/ˌkɒnstəˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
a feeling of anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion
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Word Origin and History for consternation
n.

1610s, from French consternation "dismay, confusion," from Latin consternationem (nominative consternatio) "confusion, dismay," from consternat-, past participle stem of consternare "overcome, confuse, dismay, perplex, terrify, alarm," probably related to consternere "throw down, prostrate," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + sternere "to spread out" (see stratum).

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