|—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 |
anxiety anx·i·e·ty (āng-zī'ĭ-tē)
A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
A cause of anxiety.
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.
Eager, often agitated desire.
|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.
Emotional distress, especially that brought on by fear of failure. (See also angst.)