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[ang-zahy-i-tee] /æŋˈzaɪ ɪ ti/
noun, plural anxieties.
distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune:
He felt anxiety about the possible loss of his job.
earnest but tense desire; eagerness:
He had a keen anxiety to succeed in his work.
Psychiatry. a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of mental disorder.
1515-25; < Latin anxietās, equivalent to anxi(us) anxious + -etās, variant of -itās before a vowel
1. fear, foreboding; worry, disquiet. See apprehension.
1. certainty, serenity, tranquillity. Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


noun (pl) -ties
a state of uneasiness or tension caused by apprehension of possible future misfortune, danger, etc; worry
intense desire; eagerness
(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



1520s, from Latin anxietatem (nominative anxietas) "anguish, anxiety, solicitude," noun of quality from anxius (see anxious). Psychiatric use dates to 1904. Age of Anxiety is from Auden's poem (1947). For "anxiety, distress," Old English had angsumnes, Middle English anxumnesse.

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anxieties in Medicine

anxiety anx·i·e·ty (āng-zī'ĭ-tē)

  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
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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