- a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.
Origin of consternation
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Examples from the Web for consternation
The genuine source of consternation, however, was her label Interscope.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom
November 17, 2014
The Spanish health ministry has given assurances that the Spanish public is not at risk, but consternation is growing.Ebola Contracted in Madrid Hospital Could Spread in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 7, 2014
Amidst all the pandemonium, the show just carried on to the consternation of some guests.Builder Crashes Through Roof Of London Fashion Week Show
September 16, 2014
Imagine his consternation if he were prevented from putting on such a show.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan have enjoyed warming ties in recent years to the consternation of Iran.Iraqi Kurds Declare Plans For Breakaway State
July 1, 2014
A look of surprise, mingled with consternation, sprang into Grace's eyes.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
What consternation and grief there would be throughout the world!Biography of a Slave
Temporarily dumb with consternation, he returned her stare as silently.
He stared in consternation at the pallid oval that stood for her face.
All the guests were now in consternation, and everybody rose.Little Dorrit
- a feeling of anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion
Word Origin and History for consternation
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).