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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
But that doesn't cause the economic development community much consternation, Holt said, because data centers aren't significant employers.
Images of Mariela Castro blessing LGBTI couples and wearing a Christian pastor's garment during a recent Havana event for gay rights caused consternation both on and off the island, particularly among religious circles.
The attempt to quiet the controversy caused some consternation.
Kim will join a stable of autocrats, including Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping, who have earned Trump's gushing praise -- to the consternation of some of America's oldest friends.
But when Elizabeth was still small, her uncle -Edward began spending a great deal of time with American divorcée Wallis Simpson, to the consternation of the palace.
She was imprisoned for drug conspiracy and money laundering and, to the consternation of many, is not eligible for parole.
Fox On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Fox canceled the five-season-old cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to the consternation of the internet at large.
Trump's decision in December to move the embassy to Jerusalem overturned decades of U.S. policy and was met with elation in Israel and consternation in most of the world.
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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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