anxiety

[ang-zahy-i-tee]
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:
1515–25; < 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.
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anxiety (æŋˈzaɪɪtɪ)
 
n , 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 See also angst 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
 
[C16: from Latin anxietas; see anxious]

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anxiety
1520s, from L. anxietatem (nom. anxietas), noun of quality from anxius (see anxious). Psychiatric use dates to 1904.
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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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anxiety   (āng-zī'ĭ-tē)  Pronunciation Key 
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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anxiety definition


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

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