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consternation
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Definition dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • With a look of consternation, her teacher asked if anyone had done the reading.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • He was a natural athlete, but to the coaches consternation, he tended to forget the play in the heat of the moment.
  • Much to the consternation of Congress, outlawing abortion lead to increased illegal and unsafe abortions.
  • They were still looking at him with consternation and unbelief when...
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • You must not think any more about the hard things I said in my first moment of consternation, when I thought everything was going to overwhelm me.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll's House
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • Scott frowned in consternation.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • He could imagine the consternation upstairs in the control room, as they began to realize what had happened.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • Her chilly gray eyes narrowed and her waxy lips pursed in consternation.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • We stood looking up at it, four looks of consternation, one of excitement.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • In the others, as well as I could make out (standing back at a distance and hearing a strange tongue), the news was received with more of consternation than surprise.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • To his consternation, he ran into a power that would not allow him to get closer, as if some magnetic force increased in direct opposition to his effort, deflecting him back into the room.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • He thought the tone of shock in my voice was really consternation.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • Lady Bracknell.  [In a severe, judicial voice.]  Prism!  [Miss Prism bows her head in shame.]  Come here, Prism!  [Miss Prism approaches in a humble manner.]  Prism!  Where is that baby?  [General consternation...]
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
  • Much to the consternation of Congress, raising the tax decreased tax collections as manufacturers moved to other countries.
  • There was confusion, commands shouted futilely, orders swallowed in consternation.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Over the way, in front of the cross, however, there were surprise and consternation.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • But rumours flew in whispers, filling the hearts with consternation and horrible doubts.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Then, trying to cover his consternation, he said, "As if you could possibly know —"
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Not yet had they expressed consternation at mealtime, or a moment's doubt about the course of the ship.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • I'll console you a little now, after your consternation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot

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