a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.
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How to use consternation in a sentence
This morning, I just want to send out an apology to everyone, because I know it caused great concern, great consternation, as it should have.Northam, Hogan, Bowser and others in their own words | Washington Post Staff | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Scott, to the hair-pulling consternation of Democrats, has never lost an election.The Trailer: How Democrats plan to fight domestic terror | David Weigel | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
An estimated 100,000 businesses across the nation closed their doors as governors ordered residents to remain at home, much to the consternation of conservative activists who said the directives were unconstitutional.
It should be a cause for consternation and paranoia that your current doesn’t see this.
It’s all led to a great deal of hand-wringing and consternation among those in and around the polling industry.For pollsters, it’s back to the drawing board after yet another miss in the 2020 election | reymashayekhi | November 17, 2020 | Fortune
The genuine source of consternation, however, was her label Interscope.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom | Marlow Stern | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Amidst all the pandemonium, the show just carried on to the consternation of some guests.Builder Crashes Through Roof Of London Fashion Week Show | Tom Sykes | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Imagine his consternation if he were prevented from putting on such a show.
Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan have enjoyed warming ties in recent years to the consternation of Iran.
It seemed incredible, and the rest of the calls were almost drowned out in the consternation that followed.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Matt asked, hiding as best he could the sudden consternation that swept through him.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
But Clip had made another discovery which sent a shock of consternation through both him and Matt.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
About thirty persons were killed, many more were wounded: and the whole city was filled with an indescribable consternation.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
And I heard the voice of his words: and when I heard I lay in a consternation upon my face, and my face was close to the ground.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for consternation
a feeling of anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion
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