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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Consternation \Con`ster*na"tion\, n. [L. consternatio, fr. consternare to overome, perplex, an accessory form of consternere to throw 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. [1913 Webster] The chiefs around, In silence wrapped, in consternation drowned. Attend the stern reply. --Pope. Syn: Alarm; fright; amazement; astonishment; surprise; panic; perturbation. See Alarm. [1913 Webster]