Definition of consternation in English:

consternation

noun

mass noun
  • A feeling of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected.

    ‘to her consternation her car wouldn't start’
    • ‘This guideline caused consternation among representatives of these companies in these regions.’
    • ‘Jill, your book has a happy ending that created consternation among some early readers.’
    • ‘If the names don't confuse you, the psychological web that these tricksters weave will cause consternation.’
    • ‘There's some consternation about a foreign policy survey released in Australia early this week.’
    • ‘I waved him over and he rushed towards me with an expression of consternation, looking over his shoulder.’
    • ‘These people are normally quickly eliminated, but they can cause real consternation among their neighbours.’
    • ‘The decision by New York's leaders to borrow the words of others has been greeted with consternation in some quarters.’
    • ‘One person will find his stimulant in an emergency while another may feel anxiety and consternation.’
    • ‘The central message of the book caused the most consternation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our media will then proceed to trumpet this beyond all reason as cause for alarm and consternation.’
    • ‘The latest scheme has caused similar consternation among traders.’
    • ‘A shallow pit is dug with initial gusto, to my mother's mild consternation.’
    • ‘Filing through the border control, I know that my arrival is going to cause consternation amongst the officials.’
    • ‘Advances have been made, but not without some consternation from the right over the past six years.’
    • ‘This decision has caused widespread consternation among those opposed to the directive.’
    • ‘His remarks caused consternation on both sides of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘After six illegal balls, consternation grew among the home players and supporters.’
    • ‘You can horrify the tabloids and cause consternation in the wings.’
    dismay, perturbation, anxiety, distress, disquiet, disquietude, discomposure, angst, trepidation
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

consternation

/kɒnstəˈneɪʃ(ə)n/