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anxiety

noun anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ə-tē\

: fear or nervousness about what might happen

: a feeling of wanting to do something very much

plural anx·i·eties

Full Definition of ANXIETY

1
a :  painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill
b :  fearful concern or interest
c :  a cause of anxiety
2
:  an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it
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Examples of ANXIETY

  1. feelings of anger and anxiety
  2. She suffers from chronic anxiety.
  3. He's been feeling a lot of anxiety about his new job.

Origin of ANXIETY

Latin anxietas, from anxius
First Known Use: circa 1525

Synonym Discussion of ANXIETY

care, concern, solicitude, anxiety, worry mean a troubled or engrossed state of mind or the thing that causes this. care implies oppression of the mind weighed down by responsibility or disquieted by apprehension <a face worn by years of care>. concern implies a troubled state of mind because of personal interest, relation, or affection <crimes caused concern in the neighborhood>. solicitude implies great concern and connotes either thoughtful or hovering attentiveness toward another <acted with typical maternal solicitude>. anxiety stresses anguished uncertainty or fear of misfortune or failure <plagued by anxiety and self-doubt>. worry suggests fretting over matters that may or may not be real cause for anxiety <financial worries>.

Other Psychology Terms

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ANXIETIES Defined for Kids

anxiety

noun anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ə-tē\
plural anx·i·eties

Definition of ANXIETY for Kids

:  fear or nervousness about what might happen <Tests cause many people anxiety.>
Medical Dictionary

anxiety

noun anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ət-ē\
plural anx·i·eties

Medical Definition of ANXIETY

1
a :  a painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill b :  a cause of anxiety
2
:  an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it

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