Con`ster*na"tion (?), n. [L. consternatio, fr. consternare to overcome, perplex, an accessory form of consternere to trow down, prostrate; con + sternere to spread out, throw down: cf. F. consternation. See Straum.]

Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement; dismay.

The chiefs around,
In silence wrapped, in consternation downed.
Attend the stern reply.
Pope.

Syn. -- Alarm; fright; amazement; astonishment; surprise; panic; returbation. See Alarm.

 

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