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Definitiondismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
- I needed no second permission; though I was by this time in such a state of consternation and agitation, that my legs shook under me.Chapters 13-15 (23% in)
- It was on this very first day that I had the misfortune to throw her, though she was not subject to such weakness in general, into a state of violent consternation.Chapters 7-9 (62% in)
- Our dinner had been indefinitely postponed; but it was growing so late, that my aunt had ordered it to be got ready, when she gave a sudden alarm of donkeys, and to my consternation and amazement, I beheld Miss Murdstone, on a side-saddle, ride deliberately over the sacred piece of green, and stop in front of the house, looking about her.Chapters 13-15 (60% in)
- Consternation was in every face.Chapters 55-57 (40% in)
There are no more uses of "consternation" in David Copperfield.
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