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Examples of consternation in a Sentence
- The fact that the exact depth was recorded on the bottles was the source of considerable consternation among the admirals presiding over the Navy inquiry last week. The depth an attack sub can reach is supposed to be classified … . —Karen Breslau et al., Newsweek, 2 Apr. 2001
- In the grimy market-places where so-called friendly intelligence services do their trading, tip-offs, like money, are laundered in all sorts of ways … . They can be blown up so as to cause consternation or tempered to encourage complacency. —John le Carré, Granta 35, Spring 1991
- The King was relaxing; his face had softened. Awful, to have to banish this hard-earned peace, burden him with a fresh worry. But better he should hear it from his loyalest baron, his own brother, than have the news blurted out to him by some idiot agent avid to cause a maximum of consternation. —Colleen McCullough, The First Man in Rome, 1990
The candidate caused consternation among his supporters by changing positions on a key issue.
Much to her parents' consternation, she had decided to not go to college.
Recent Examples of consternation from the Web
So much consternation is devoted to him, a man of a 100 mile per hour fastball who suddenly sees his role in question.
The grief and horror of the people concerning this incident appeared to be beyond the normal consternation of people in situations such as this.
Once again, President Trump has talked about rapists in Mexico, and left consternation and confusion in his wake.
Bronny already reportedly holds scholarship offers from Duke and Kentucky — a fact that has caused his father a bit of consternation in the past.
The move has created great consternation within the industry, which has lobbied Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Congress to prevent states from imposing additional rules and regulations.
Izzo has not dealt with this level of scrutiny and consternation since his first two seasons after taking over for Jud Heathcote.
There’s been a fair bit of consternation from many corners about the trend of college players who plan to enter the NFL Draft skipping their bowl games to avoid injury.
How the West is Pushing Putin's Buttons] The reason for all this consternation: Treasury’s power to issue sanctions and enforce them is non-negotiable.
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Did You Know?
Wonder what the seemingly dissimilar words prostrate ("stretched out with face on the ground"), stratum ("layer"), and stratus ("a low cloud form extending over a large area") have in common with consternation? They are all thought to share the Latin ancestor sternere, meaning "to spread" or "to strike or throw down." Much to our consternation, we cannot make that sentence definitive: while prostrate, stratum, and stratus are clearly the offspring of sternere, etymologists will only go so far as to say that consternation comes from Latin consternare—and that they have a strong suspicion that consternare is another descendent of sternere.
Origin and Etymology of consternation
CONSTERNATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of consternation for English Language Learners
: a strong feeling of surprise or sudden disappointment that causes confusion
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Definition of consternation for Students
- But then Dopey Lekisch called out in consternation, "The messenger himself will trample the treasure."
- —Isaac Bashevis Singer, Zlateh the Goat
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