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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
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For those in the business of mounting these gargantuan tributes to popular entertainment and all things comic books, consternation over the no-shows is overblown.
The transfer of ownership has caused consternation at the market among vendors who see their future there as uncertain.
Preparations to punish Russia anew for its support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria caused consternation at the White House.
The ads caused plenty of consternation from Republicans, who accused Democrats of slamming their own policies.
The rulings forced District officials to review the projects, causing costly delays and widespread consternation among developers who worry that their projects will be slowed by legal challenges.
Acuna's big league arrival was the source of significant consternation last month when the Braves opted to start him at Class AAA Gwinnett (Ga.), despite an outstanding spring training performance.
But after intervention from VAR it was given as a goal, much to the consternation of the Moroccan players and substitutes, some of whom stormed the pitch in protest.
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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
CONSTERNATION Defined for Kids
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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