Consternation
Consternation Con`ster*na"tion, n. [L. consternatio, fr. consternare to overome, perplex, an accessory form of consternere to throw down, prostrate; con + sternere to spread out, throw down: cf. F. consternation. See {Stratum}.] Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement; dismay. [1913 Webster]

The chiefs around, In silence wrapped, in consternation drowned. Attend the stern reply. --Pope.

Syn: Alarm; fright; amazement; astonishment; surprise; panic; perturbation. See {Alarm}. [1913 Webster]


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  • consternation — [ kɔ̃stɛrnasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1512; lat. consternatio ♦ Le fait de consterner; état de qui est consterné. ⇒ abattement, accablement, 2. chagrin, désolation, douleur, mélancolie, tristesse, stupeur. Nouvelle qui jette la consternation dans un groupe.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • consternation — CONSTERNATION. sub. f. Étonnement accompagné d abattement de courage. Grande, extrême, générale consternation. Cela causa une telle consternation dans les esprits, dans la Ville... Cette perte fut suivie d une consternation universelle. Tout le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • consternation — Consternation. s. f. v. Estonnement & abbattement de courage. Grande, extreme, generale consternation. cela causa une telle consternation dans les esprits, dans la ville, &c. cette perte fut suivie d une consternation universelle. tout le monde… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • consternation — 1610s, from Fr. consternation dismay, confusion, from L. consternationem (nom. consternatio) confusion, dismay, from consternat , pp. stem of consternare overcome, confuse, dismay, perplex, terrify, alarm, probably related to consternere throw… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Consternation — Consternation, lat., Bestürzung; consterniren, bestürzt machen; consternirt, bestürzt …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • consternation — I noun affright, agitation, alarm, anxiety, anxious concern, anxiousness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, aversion, boding, despair, dismay, disquiet, disquietude, disturbance, dread, fear, tearfulness, fright, horror, inquietude, payor,… …   Law dictionary

  • consternation — panic, terror, alarm, fright, *fear, dread, dismay, horror, trepidation Analogous words: confusion, muddlement or muddle (see corresponding verbs at CONFUSE): bewilderment, distraction, perplexity (see corresponding verbs at PUZZLE): agitation,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • consternation — [n] dismay, distress alarm, amazement, anxiety, awe, bewilderment, confusion, distraction, dread, fear, fright, horror, muddle, muddlement, panic, perplexity, shock, stupefaction, terror, trepidation, trepidity, wonder; concept 230 Ant. calm,… …   New thesaurus

  • consternation — ► NOUN ▪ anxiety or dismay. ORIGIN Latin, from consternare terrify, prostrate …   English terms dictionary

  • consternation — [kän΄stər nā′shən] n. [L consternatio < consternare, to terrify < com , intens. + base akin to L sternax, headstrong, restive < IE base * ster , rigid, stiff > STARE, STRENUOUS] great fear or shock that makes one feel helpless or… …   English World dictionary

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