angst

noun \ ˈäŋ(k)st , ˈaŋ(k)st \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of angst

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

Examples of angst in a Sentence

  1. 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 WeberNew York Times Book Review15 Feb. 2009
  2. 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 PattersonSpinSeptember 2008
  3. 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 & Publisher8 Oct. 2001
  4. 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. PerryPsychology TodayNovember/December 2001
  5. a film about teenage angst

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Origin and Etymology of angst

Danish & German; Danish, from German


ANGST Defined for English Language Learners

angst

noun

Definition of angst for English Language Learners

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


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