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anxiety

[ang-zahy-i-tee] /æŋˈzaɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural anxieties.
1.
distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune:
He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.
2.
earnest but tense desire; eagerness:
He had a keen anxiety to succeed in his work.
3.
Psychiatry. a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of mental disorder.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; < Latin anxietās, equivalent to anxi(us) anxious + -etās, variant of -itās before a vowel
Synonyms
1. fear, foreboding; worry, disquiet. See apprehension.
Antonyms
1. certainty, serenity, tranquillity.
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Examples for anxieties
  • His own early history, and the record of his films, seems rife with the required anxieties.
  • And, second, you've got someone who really is a master at easing the fears and anxieties of white brothers and sisters.
  • It's one thing for a political party to mobilize anxieties in this way.
  • His aestheticism becomes a protest against the painful anxieties of literal minds and calculating consciences.
  • He wrenched poetry into the twentieth century and gave an entire era a language for its anxieties.
  • West's film is a visual manifestation of the trapped psychology and the deeply unsettling anxieties of the aimless.
  • All these anxieties rest on a belief that exchange rates are out of whack.
  • Long-term anxieties contributed to the generals' change of heart.
  • By giving way now, she may soothe her voters' current anxieties about the euro, but the future price could be large.
  • As with private-equity groups and hedge funds, the anxieties owe less to reality than to a mix of secrecy and suspicion.
British Dictionary definitions for anxieties

anxiety

/æŋˈzaɪɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a state of uneasiness or tension caused by apprehension of possible future misfortune, danger, etc; worry
2.
intense desire; eagerness
3.
(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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin anxietas; see anxious
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Word Origin and History for anxieties
anxiety
1520s, from L. anxietatem (nom. anxietas), noun of quality from anxius (see anxious). Psychiatric use dates to 1904.
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anxieties in Medicine

anxiety anx·i·e·ty (āng-zī'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.

  2. A cause of anxiety.

  3. 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.

  4. Eager, often agitated desire.

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anxieties in Science
anxiety
  (āng-zī'ĭ-tē)   
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.
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anxieties in Culture

anxiety definition


Emotional distress, especially that brought on by fear of failure. (See also angst.)

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