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consternation Syllabification: con·ster·na·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkänstərˈnāSH(ə)n/

Definition of consternation in English:

noun

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

Origin

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

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