Definition of consternation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkänstərˈnāSH(ə)n/


Feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected: I always welcomed clover, much to the consternation of the neighbors
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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, distress, disquiet, discomposure;
surprise, amazement, astonishment;
alarm, panic, fear, fright, shock


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

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Syllabification: con·ster·na·tion

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