- The definition of consternation means fear that makes you feel helpless.
An example of consternation is what your neighbors might have if you get several large barking dogs.
This dog could give you a feeling of consternation.
great fear or shock that makes one feel helpless or bewildered
Origin of consternationClassical Latin consternatio ; from consternare, to terrify ; from com-, intensive + base akin to Classical Latin sternax, headstrong, restive ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ster-, rigid, stiff from source stare, strenuous
A state of great alarm, agitation, or dismay.