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[ahngkst, angst] /ɑŋkst, æŋst/
a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish.
Origin of angst
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
Related forms
angsty, adjective, angstier, angstiest. Unabridged
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  • In this era of college-admissions angst, seemingly everyone has an opinion about the process.
  • It's both an exciting and angst-producing time to be a high-energy particle physicist.
  • During my teenage angst years, I argued that friendships were more reliable than family because friendships are voluntary.
British Dictionary definitions for angst


/æŋst; German aŋst/
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
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Word Origin and History for angst

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.

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angst in Medicine

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

angst 2

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angst in Culture
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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