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a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish.
Contemporary Examples

The angsty drama gave voice to baby boomer woes about navigating adulthood when the show debuted in 1987.
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For the alleged Tumblr crowd, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover from Community, is an angsty, post-Internet messiah.
‘Because the Internet’ Review: Childish Gambino Is Hip-Hop’s Perennial Outsider Rawiya Kameir December 9, 2013

Plus, Chronicle is a superhero story for angsty teenage boys.
‘The Woman in Black:’ Will Daniel Radcliffe Survive After ‘Harry Potter’? Ramin Setoodeh, Peter Travers February 2, 2012

On the Impossible Past will transport you back to your halcyon, angsty teenage years.
Best Music Albums of 2012: Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, and More Marlow Stern December 25, 2012

A healthy majority of these posts are the angsty exaggerations of teenagers and breathy recitations of the latest pop trends.
Could Facebook Have Prevented the Georgia Baby Shooting? Joshua DuBois March 26, 2013

I went through an angsty period from 15-16 where I was like, “I hate the world!”
Shailene Woodley Opens Up About Coming of Age, ‘Divergent,’ and the Faults in Our World Marlow Stern January 21, 2014

The angsty, hazy mind of a teenager is a source of constant befuddlement and dismay for full-grown observers.
Who Invented the ‘Teenager’? Nina Strochlic March 13, 2014

Easily hurt by insults and just as easily swayed by compliments, she dwelled in an angsty purgatory familiar to most adolescents.
The Week’s Best Reads David Sessions November 4, 2011

adjective angstier, angstiest
(informal) displaying or feeling angst, esp in a self-conscious manner: two angsty teenagers
an acute but nonspecific sense of anxiety or remorse
(in Existentialist philosophy) the dread caused by man’s awareness that his future is not determined but must be freely chosen

1944, from German Angst “neurotic fear, anxiety, guilt, remorse,” from Old High German angust, from the root of anger. George Eliot used it (in German) in 1849, and it was popularized in English by translation of Freud’s work, but as a foreign word until 1940s. Old English had a cognate word, angsumnes “anxiety,” but it died out.

angst 1 (ängkst)
A feeling of anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression.

angst 2
angst [(ahngkst)]

A kind of fear or anxiety; Angst is German for “fear.” It is usually applied to a deep and essentially philosophical anxiety about the world in general or personal freedom. (See existentialism.)


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