Definition of consternation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkɒnstəˈneɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnstərˈneɪʃn//
[uncountable] (formal) Unhappiness, Surprise
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a worried, sad feeling after you have received an unpleasant surprise synonym dismay The announcement of her retirement caused consternation among tennis fans. Her mouth fell open in consternation. See related entries: Unhappiness, Surprise Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin consternatio(n-), from the verb consternare ‘lay prostrate, terrify’.Extra examples Many greeted his resignation with consternation. She stared at me in consternation. The announcement created surprise and consternation. The thought of meeting him filled me with consternation. There is some consternation among business leaders. He couldn’t help feeling some consternation when he saw the programme.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: consternation