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A feeling of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected.‘to her consternation her car wouldn't start’
dismay, perturbation, anxiety, distress, disquiet, disquietude, discomposure, angst, trepidationView synonyms
- ‘Our media will then proceed to trumpet this beyond all reason as cause for alarm and consternation.’
- ‘Filing through the border control, I know that my arrival is going to cause consternation amongst the officials.’
- ‘This decision has caused widespread consternation among those opposed to the directive.’
- ‘He encourages his followers to rise against the oppressors, which causes much consternation in the Vatican.’
- ‘There was also consternation at measures allowing police to go barefoot and even shirtless in stations.’
- ‘These people are normally quickly eliminated, but they can cause real consternation among their neighbours.’
- ‘There's some consternation about a foreign policy survey released in Australia early this week.’
- ‘The latest scheme has caused similar consternation among traders.’
- ‘One person will find his stimulant in an emergency while another may feel anxiety and consternation.’
- ‘I waved him over and he rushed towards me with an expression of consternation, looking over his shoulder.’
- ‘If the names don't confuse you, the psychological web that these tricksters weave will cause consternation.’
- ‘The decision by New York's leaders to borrow the words of others has been greeted with consternation in some quarters.’
- ‘You can horrify the tabloids and cause consternation in the wings.’
- ‘The central message of the book caused the most consternation.’
- ‘His remarks caused consternation on both sides of the Atlantic.’
- ‘After six illegal balls, consternation grew among the home players and supporters.’
- ‘Jill, your book has a happy ending that created consternation among some early readers.’
- ‘This guideline caused consternation among representatives of these companies in these regions.’
- ‘A shallow pit is dug with initial gusto, to my mother's mild consternation.’
- ‘Advances have been made, but not without some consternation from the right over the past six years.’
Early 17th century: from Latin consternatio(n-), from the verb consternare ‘lay prostrate, terrify’ (see consternate).
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