\ˈäŋ(k)st, ˈaŋ(k)st \

Definition of angst 

: a feeling of anxiety, apprehension, or insecurity teenage angst

Examples of angst in a Sentence

The winner of France's prestigious Prix de Flore, "Report on Myself" is a study in raw angst and mortifying self-disclosure: a portrait of the artist as a lover who just can't catch a break. — Caroline Weber, New York Times Book Review, 15 Feb. 2009 Adapting Alicia Erian's novel, writer-director Alan Ball showcases both the knack for sketching out thorny relationships that distinguished Six Feet Under and the impulse for … suburban angst that befouled his script for American Beauty. — Troy Patterson, Spin, September 2008 The retail category, of course, has been a source of angst among newspapers for some time. Retail ad volume in papers has declined for much of the past 15 years, according to Merrill Lynch research. — Lucia Moses et al., Editor & Publisher, 8 Oct. 2001 One way to increase these health benefits is to learn how to write more fluidly and with less angst and frustration. When you're engaged with what you're doing, the rest of the world recedes. — Susan H. Perry, Psychology Today, November/December 2001 a film about teenage angst
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There was internal angst, Smith admitted later, about the crowd swelling along the rail and the break from the starting gate. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Mike Smith showed value of age, experience in Justify's Triple Crown," 15 June 2018 There have been many words typed and angst suffered in these parts during the stadium search for FC Cincinnati and its MLS bid. Jay Brinker,, "Guest TML: Watching Blue Jackets-Capitals is like watching Marvin Lewis v. Mick Cronin," 20 Apr. 2018 The Squires from Bristol, Connecticut, were one of the best, and put out this slice of teenage angst back in 1966. Gary Louris, USA TODAY, "Playlist: The Jayhawks' Gary Louris shares his favorites," 11 July 2018 Back in 2007, Nancy Pelosi demanded concessions of President George W. Bush on Trade Promotion Authority, and this recent bout of congressional angst, although well placed, could do much more damage. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Can the US-China trade war be stopped? 11 experts weigh in.," 8 July 2018 The latest reports suggest there could be a way out of the angst. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "The EU Has No Easy Answers to Trump’s Car Tariff Threats," 5 July 2018 The matinee featured an abbreviated outing from Kenta Maeda, a bravura performance by the Dodgers bullpen and an afternoon of angst aimed at Gibson. Andy Mccullough,, "Dodgers settle for split in doubleheader with Cubs," 20 June 2018 Over in the interior of Helen’s mind, who is the second POV of the episode, there’s a lot of angst about moving away from an entire life lived in New York City to the West Coast., "The Affair Season 4, Episode 1 Recap: You're The Earthquake I've Been Waiting On," 18 June 2018 For Jones, the problem of the novel is not its beginning, when Esther is a beautiful, brilliant intern with a supposedly normal amount of angst. Kelly Coyne, The Atlantic, "The Literary Insights of Sylvia Plath’s College Thesis," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of angst

circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for angst

Danish & German; Danish, from German

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English Language Learners Definition of angst

: a strong feeling of being worried or nervous : a feeling of anxiety about your life or situation

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