- a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.
Origin of consternation
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Related Words for consternationsbewilderment, anxiety, fright, confusion, alarm, terror, trepidation, dread, perplexity, amazement, awe, panic, horror, shock, muddle, stupefaction, fear, wonder, distraction
- a feeling of anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion
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).