angst

[ahngkst, angst]
noun
a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish.

Origin:
1840–50; < German Angst fear, anxiety, Old High German angust (cognate with Middle Low German angest, Middle Dutch anxt), equivalent to ang- (akin to eng narrow, constricted) + -st abstract nominal suffix, perhaps a conglomerate of a suffix *-os- + *-ti- suffix forming abstracts

angsty, adjective, angstier, angstiest.
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angst (æŋst, German aŋst)
 
n
1.  an acute but nonspecific sense of anxiety or remorse
2.  (in Existentialist philosophy) the dread caused by man's awareness that his future is not determined but must be freely chosen
 
[German]

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angst
1944, from Ger. Angst "neurotic fear, anxiety, guilt, remorse" from O.H.G. angust, from the root of anger (q.v.). George Eliot used it (in Ger.) in 1849, and it was popularized in Eng. by translation of Freud's work, but as a foreign word until 1940s. O.E. had a cognate word,
angsumnes "anxiety," but it died out.
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angst 1 (ängkst)
n.
A feeling of anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression.

angst 2
abbr.
angstrom

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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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angst
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