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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Definitions for consternation

  1. sudden dread or paralyzing terror

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Citations for consternation
To our consternation, the phone rang just as we were about to leave. ,
Origin of consternation
1605-1615
by 1611, from French consternation, from Latin consternationem, from consternare "overcome, confuse, dismay," from com- intensive prefix + sternare "throw down"