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consternation

Line breaks: con|ster|na¦tion
Pronunciation: /kɒnstəˈneɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of consternation in English:

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
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).

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