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angst

[ahngkst, angst] /ɑŋkst, æŋst/
noun
1.
a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish.
Origin
1840-1850
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for angstiest

angst

/æŋst; German aŋst/
noun
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
Word Origin
German
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Word Origin and History for angstiest

angst

n.

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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angstiest in Medicine

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

angst 2
abbr.
angstrom

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angstiest 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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Related Abbreviations for angstiest

angst

angstrom
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