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Definition 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.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • She is a natural athlete, but to the coaches consternation, she tends to forget the play in the heat of the moment.
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • To my consternation, however, he was not there.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • Alice's face showed no sign of concern, no hint of the consternation that had been plaguing her since the masquerade.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • consternation = unhappiness and worry
  • To my consternation, I found that I couldn't.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • 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 and worry)
  • We stood looking up at it, four looks of consternation, one of excitement.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • The tent, illumined by a candle, glowed warmly in the midst of the white plain; and when he, as a matter of course, entered it, both Perrault and Francois bombarded him with curses and cooking utensils, till he recovered from his consternation and fled ignominiously into the outer cold.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • consternation = worry and confusion
  • There were many Frobishers and Frobyshers, and several Pettyfers, all in various states of upset and consternation.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • There was a crashing knock on the outer door. The three women's eyes met in consternation.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • consternation = unhappiness and worry
  • Louie saw another headline that said the bomber had FLED IN CONSTERNATION.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • Paul looked at his father-in-law in consternation.
    Mina Baites  --  The Silver Music Box
  • consternation = unhappiness and worry
  • This phase filled the old lady's heart with consternation.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • consternation = unhappiness and worry
  • He thought the tone of shock in my voice was really consternation.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • consternation = dismay or worry
  • But, besides, I could not bring myself to disclose a secret which would fill my hearer with consternation and make fear and unnatural horror the inmates of his breast.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • consternation = unhappiness and worry
  • He then handed her in, Maria followed, and the door was on the point of being closed, when he suddenly reminded them, with some consternation, that they had hitherto forgotten to leave any message for the ladies at Rosings.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • 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
  • "They know each other well, indeed," replied Hester, with a mien of calmness, though in the utmost consternation.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
  • Scott frowned in consternation.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected

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