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consternation

noun

Definition: amazement or terror, often leading to panic or confusion

Synonyms: agitation, dismay, trepidation, alarm, bewilderment, worry, concern, perturbation, stupefaction

Antonyms: composure, tranquility, calm

Tips: You have probably heard the phrases, "look of consternation" or "feelings of consternation." If someone has the look of consternation, the person looks confused, shocked, concerned, and potentially scared.

Usage Examples:

The look of consternation on Anne's face as she spoke on the phone led her husband to worry. (alarm, concern)

Initially, when the power went out in New York City, people were filled with consternation, but when they realized it was just a temporary black out, they decided to turn it into a reason to party. (concern, fear)

There was a general feeling of consternation in the office as pink slips were handed out. (agitation, perturbation)

Her consternation was evident in the bewildered look on her face. (alarm, dismay, worry)


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