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consternation


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Consternation  \Con`ster*na"tion\,  n.  [L.  consternatio,  fr 
  consternare  to  overome,  perplex,  an  accessory  form  of 
  consternere  to  trow  down  prostrate;  con  +  sternere  to  spread 
  out  throw  down:  cf  F.  consternation.  See  {Stratum}.] 
  Amazement  or  horror  that  confounds  the  faculties,  and 
  incapacitates  for  reflection;  terror,  combined  with 
  amazement;  dismay. 
 
  The  chiefs  around  In  silence  wrapped,  in  consternation 
  drowned.  Attend  the  stern  reply.  --Pope. 
 
  Syn:  Alarm;  fright;  amazement;  astonishment;  surprise;  panic; 
  perturbation.  See  {Alarm}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  consternation 
  n  :  fear  resulting  from  the  awareness  of  danger  [syn:  {alarm},  {dismay}] 




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