The definition of consternation means fear that makes you feel helpless.(noun)
An example of consternation is what your neighbors might have if you get several large barking dogs.
See consternation in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L consternatio < consternare, to terrify < com-, intens. + base akin to L sternax, headstrong, restive < IE base *ster-, rigid, stiff > stare, strenuous
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