[ kon-ster-ney-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn stərˈneɪ ʃən /


a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.


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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of consternation

First recorded in 1605–15, consternation is from the Latin word consternātiōn- (stem of consternātiō). See consternate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for consternation

/ (ˌkɒnstəˈneɪʃən) /


a feeling of anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion
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