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With a look of consternation, her teacher asked if anyone had done the reading.
  dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb consternate to a noun.
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  • With a look of consternation, her teacher asked if anyone had done the reading.
  • 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.
  • We stood looking up at it, four looks of consternation, one of excitement.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • Scott frowned in consternation.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • He could imagine the consternation upstairs in the control room, as they began to realize what had happened.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Her chilly gray eyes narrowed and her waxy lips pursed in consternation.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • 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
  • 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
  • They were still looking at him with consternation and unbelief when...
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury

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  • 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
  • He thought the tone of shock in my voice was really consternation.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • 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
  • I was so startled that I forgot about the gas mask, with its elephantine snout and goggle eyes; and when I tried to greet these strangers my voice, filtered through two inches of charcoal and a foot of rubber pipe, had the muffled and lugubrious quality of wind blowing through a tomb — an effect which filled the Eskimos with consternation.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • To my consternation, I found that I couldn’t.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Then, trying to cover his consternation, he said, "As if you could possibly know —"
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • She expected that when they reached South Road Nat would turn back, but to her consternation he strode along beside her, and even when she hesitated at Broad Street he did not take the hint.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • There were many Frobishers and Frobyshers, and several Pettyfers, all in various states of upset and consternation.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Several weeks later he wrote again in consternation that his faithful body servant had run away to the Yankees.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I brought him his cup of coffee, thick with sugar, and watched him look around in mock consternation.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I think it must have been pure consternation that prevented my following her into the water.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Sure enough, every so often, out of the corner of her eye, Reyna would spot glowing white spirits in Roman clothes flitting among the ruins, frowning at the statue in consternation.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I wiggled my toes with pleasure, causing considerable consternation among the carp.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He was fifty-four, old enough to die without causing too much consternation.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • But, to my consternation, she was gone.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It takes her a minute to place the three, given their current condition, but already she wears a look of consternation.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Who can describe their horror and consternation on beholding me?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • IN FACT, MAYOR Swaney was not alone among politicians around the country in his consternation over the "soccer problem."
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The company looked at each other in consternation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "They know each other well, indeed," replied Hester, with a mien of calmness, though in the utmost consternation.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • To her consternation she detected in herself in relation to little Nicholas some symptoms of her father’s irritability.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Milo sniffed in consternation twice, like a shaggy brown hare.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • When St. Clare breathed his last, terror and consternation took hold of all his household.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • He drew back in consternation.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • His rubicund face expressed consternation and fatigue; he appeared to be in a spasmodic sort of hurry.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • This phase filled the old lady’s heart with consternation.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • What a consternation of soul was mine that dreary afternoon!
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • August stares in consternation, and Marlena simply stares.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "Anne!" exclaimed Marilla in consternation.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • To my no small consternation, an enormous bear made his appearance, quickly followed by another.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Francon’s face assumed a look of consternation.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • His obstinacy was bruited about the country-side, and caused great consternation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • My dream still occasioned in me a great consternation; and, fearing that the ague might return the succeeding day, I concluded it time to get something to comfort me.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The wonder and consternation with which Joe stopped on the threshold of his bite and stared at me, were too evident to escape my sister’s observation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Their expressions of consternation and disappointment made Harry feel ashamed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He gave one yelp of consternation, and then her punishing jaws closed upon him.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He couldn’t help it, and it was worth it for that one moment of consternation.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • To me, a doctor’s preparations for work of any kind are stimulating and bracing, but the effect of these things on both Arthur and Quincey was to cause them a sort of consternation.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • At this cry all the crowd re-entered the apartment, and throughout the palace and town there was nothing but consternation and tumult.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • 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
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