What does consternation mean?

Definitions for consternation
ˌkɒn stərˈneɪ ʃəncon·ster·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alarm, dismay, consternationnoun

    fear resulting from the awareness of danger


  1. consternationnoun

    Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement; dismay.

  2. Etymology: From consternatio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Consternationnoun

    Astonishment; amazement; alienation of mind by a surprise; surprise; wonder.

    Etymology: from consterno, Latin.

    They find the same holy consternation upon themselves that Jacob did at Bethel, which he called the gate of heaven. South.

    The natives, dubious whom
    They must obey, in consternation wait,
    ’Till rigid conquest will pronounce their liege. Philips.


  1. consternation

    Consternation is a feeling of anxiety, shock, or confusion that is caused by something unexpected or alarming.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consternationnoun

    amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement; dismay

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consternation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consternation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of consternation in a Sentence

  1. Ben Pace:

    You're seeing a little bit better U.S. economic statistics than you've been seeing over the past three or four weeks. The European statistics have gotten a lot better too, so maybe a relief rally today, because the markets were down as there was a lot of consternation going around.

  2. Kellyanne Conway:

    The president has expressed frustration and consternation.

  3. Richard Alarcon:

    If he is battling this issue in court while the election is going on through November, the Democrats could lose the seat, and so there's a lot of consternation about how to preserve the Democratic seat on the political side. On the court side, let the court do what it's going to do. But in the court of public opinion, it doesn't look very good for Congressman Cardenas.

  4. Cameron Crowe:

    Emma Stone was chief among those who did tireless research, if any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame.

  5. Donald Trump:

    A variety of subjects were discussed, but chief among them, I would say, was the concern and consternation over the candidacy of Donald Trump.

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