Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Definitions for consternation
- 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
by 1611, from French consternation, from Latin consternationem, from consternare "overcome, confuse, dismay," from com- intensive prefix + sternare "throw down"