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.
As anxiety about the declining television business permeates the Emmys, the show relies on … Kanye West jokes.
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“The more you have flubbed, the more the anxiety builds up,” says Frank, explaining the mental phenomenon Perry is experiencing.
Rick Perry’s Debate Performance Anxiety: Why He Chokes McKay Coppins November 11, 2011
Lynch says he discovered the practice 40 years via his sister when he was struggling with anger and anxiety.
David Lynch Discusses Transcendental Meditation in Los Angeles Sean Macaulay April 6, 2013
I have a lot of anxiety issues, but that wasn’t one of them.
‘Harry Potter’ for Grown-Ups Jane Ciabattari August 9, 2011
The unclaimed attack killed five people and infected 17, adding to the anxiety of the time.
Ricin Scare at the White House: An Eerie Post-9/11 Echo John Avlon April 16, 2013
At the outset I was saved any anxiety by finding the river dirty.
Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
Did Phidias express no anxiety concerning your unprotected situation?
Philothea Lydia Maria Child
anxiety, and not a desire to see life, had drawn him from his shell in Bison.
The Terms of Surrender Louis Tracy
The ring of anxiety in Grace’s voice had not been lost upon her.
Grace Harlowe’s Return to Overton Campus Jessie Graham Flower
Nor did anxiety over Toms fate interfere with their appetites.
Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
noun (pl) -ties
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 experience See also angst
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.
anxiety anx·i·e·ty (āng-zī’ĭ-tē)
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.
Eager, often agitated desire.
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.)
- Panic attack
an intense attack of anxiety characterized by feelings of impending doom and trembling, sweating, pounding heart, and other physical symptoms. Contemporary Examples It is a tranquil moment, and my afternoon panic attack seems like ancient history. After War: Anger, Panic, and Sometimes Peace Benjamin Tupper June 25, 2013 The first time I ever had a […]
- Anxiety disorder
noun any of various mental disorders characterized by extreme anxiety and including panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder Contemporary Examples A never nude is a person with an anxiety disorder that prevents them from ever being naked. Never Nudes Flock to ‘Arrested Development’ Banana Stand Kevin Fallon May 16, 2013 How do […]
- Anxiety hysteria
anxiety hysteria anxiety hysteria n. Hysteria characterized by manifest anxiety.
- Anxiety neurosis
a neurotic disorder characterized by pervasive anxiety. Historical Examples I shall tell you then that we distinguish three pure forms of true neuroses: neurasthenia, anxiety neurosis and hypochondria. A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud She was tense and nervous, tied in the emotional knots of an anxiety neurosis. The Cartels Jungle Irving E. Cox, […]