A feeling of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected: to her consternation her car wouldn’t start
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- 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.
dismay, perturbation, anxiety, distress, disquiet, disquietude, discomposure, angst, trepidation;
surprise, amazement, astonishment, stupefaction;
alarm, panic, hysteria, fear, fearfulness, fright, shock
Early 17th century: from Latin consternatio(n-), from the verb consternare 'lay prostrate, terrify' (see consternate).
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