- distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune: He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.
- earnest but tense desire; eagerness: He had a keen anxiety to succeed in his work.
- Psychiatry. a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of mental disorder.
Origin of anxiety
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Examples from the Web for anxiety
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Yet, in pursuit of that ‘great revival of art,’ his anxiety, depression, and overall health began to deteriorate.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind
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Practicing yoga, studies show, can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
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Did Phidias express no anxiety concerning your unprotected situation?Philothea
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The ring of anxiety in Grace's voice had not been lost upon her.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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He had no anxiety concerning the philanthropic craze thereafter.Weighed and Wanting
Then, as a new thought came to the magnate, he spoke with a trace of anxiety.
There was anxiety in his face, as he stood staring vaguely out of the window.
- a state of uneasiness or tension caused by apprehension of possible future misfortune, danger, etc; worry
- intense desire; eagerness
- psychol a state of intense apprehension or worry often accompanied by physical symptoms such as shaking, intense feelings in the gut, etc, common in mental illness or after a very distressing experienceSee also angst
Word Origin and History for anxiety
1520s, from Latin anxietatem (nominative anxietas) "anguish, anxiety, solicitude," noun of quality from anxius (see anxious). Psychiatric use dates to 1904. Age of Anxiety is from Auden's poem (1947). For "anxiety, distress," Old English had angsumnes, Middle English anxumnesse.
- A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
- A cause of anxiety.
- A state of intense apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation, often to a degree that normal physical and psychological functioning is disrupted.
- A state of apprehension and fear resulting from the anticipation of a threatening event or situation.♦ In psychiatry, a patient has an anxiety disorder ♦ if normal psychological functioning is disrupted or if anxiety persists without an identifiable cause.
Emotional distress, especially that brought on by fear of failure. (See also angst.)