Consternation



[kon-ster-ney-shuh n] /ˌkɒn stərˈneɪ ʃən/

noun
1.
a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.
/ˌkɒnstəˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
a feeling of anxiety, dismay, dread, or confusion
n.

1610s, from French consternation “dismay, confusion,” from Latin consternationem (nominative consternatio) “confusion, dismay,” from consternat-, past participle stem of consternare “overcome, confuse, dismay, perplex, terrify, alarm,” probably related to consternere “throw down, prostrate,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + sternere “to spread out” (see stratum).

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