consternation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French consternation, from Latin consternātiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɒn.stəˈneɪ.ʃən/
  • (US) enPR: ʹkŏn.stər'nā.shən, IPA(key): /ˌkɑn.stɚˈne͡ɪ.ʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

consternation (countable and uncountable, plural consternations)

  1. Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement; dismay.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Chuck Klosterman:
      It was probably worth four millennia of consternation and regret.
    • (Can we date this quote?), The Awakening, Kate Chopin:
      "Out!" exclaimed her husband, with something like genuine consternation in his voice.
    • 2003, Terrance Dicks & Barry Letts, Deadly Reunion, chapter 17:
      Their audience had been listening in increasing consternation.

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin consternātiō. Morphologically, from consterner +‎ -ation.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃s.tɛʁ.na.sjɔ̃/

Noun[edit]

consternation f (plural consternations)

  1. consternation

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