The "Word of the Day" gets it wrong

Quick, before you read any further, what does "consternation" mean?



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I'm subscribed to "Word of the day" e-mails from Today's Word of the Day was "consternation", and its definition was:

consternation \kon-ster-NEY-shuhn\, noun:
sudden dread or paralyzing terror

However, that's quite a bit... exaggerated, according to the very same entry on consternation:

  1. a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.

  2. A state of paralyzing dismay. See Synonyms at fear.

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

  4. fear resulting from the awareness of danger [syn: alarm]

How exactly do you get from "alarming amazement" or "dismay" to, OMG, "paralyzing terror"?

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