Definition of consternation in English:

Share this entry

consternation

Pronunciation: /kɒnstəˈneɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

[mass noun]
A feeling of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected: to her consternation her car wouldn’t start
More example sentences
  • One person will find his stimulant in an emergency while another may feel anxiety and consternation.
  • The latest scheme has caused similar consternation among traders.
  • After six illegal balls, consternation grew among the home players and supporters.
Synonyms
dismay, perturbation, anxiety, distress, disquiet, disquietude, discomposure, angst, trepidation;
surprise, amazement, astonishment, stupefaction;
alarm, panic, hysteria, fear, fearfulness, fright, shock

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin consternatio(n-), from the verb consternare 'lay prostrate, terrify' (see consternate).

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: con|ster|na¦tion

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.