angst

noun
\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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Sorry, just got caught up in all the initials and was feeling left out.) Part of the angst on behalf of the TOC and CTT was that their summary of things was not included in the packet that is distributed to everyone. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Goodbye to the winter/spring Santa Anita meeting," 25 June 2018 Herrera’s homer gave the Phillies a one-run lead, and the bullpen, a recent cause of angst for fans, did enough to hang on. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Odubel Herrera's homer, Adam Morgan's save give Phillies 4-3 win over Cardinals," 20 June 2018 While young Kashmiris are known to throw stones at Indian security forces in their angst, the forces are known to respond with shotgun pellets and bullets. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Gruesome rape, murder of Kashmir girl raises tensions," 18 June 2018 From this vantage point, Simmons should have saved his angst for a much more serious infraction. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Is 'Big Sexy' losing his appeal?," 2 June 2018 But there's more to the movie than the usual teen angst and acne. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 15)," 12 July 2018 And the subject of his angst, Germany, is a convenient one, for a few reasons. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump goes ‘madman’ on our allies, with swipe at Germany," 11 July 2018 The Marvel heroes were all really anti-heroes, full of angst, given to fighting each other, and often monstrous in form. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, is dead.," 7 July 2018 Then there's Farmiga's ability to mine a laugh out of angst and yet remain human, and MacDougall's sly, sleepy charm. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Christopher Plummer, Vera Farmiga help 'Boundaries' stay on track," 28 June 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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angst

noun

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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