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
This dog could give you a feeling of consternation.
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.
A state of great alarm, agitation, or dismay.
- There was consternation among some customers who have encountered a variety of glitches.
- It created consternation for many members.
- It caused consternation in the development community when it was released because it was incompatable with previous versions.
- The decision caused consternation by the majority of voters.
- She leaned forward in sudden consternation.