Word of the DayWednesday, February 18, 2009
\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"
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