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Definition of angst

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web HelloFresh gets rid of all that angst by doing the hard work for you. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Meal delivery services that make healthy eating easy — and delicious," 5 Jan. 2021 Getty Images Dawson's Creek is having a bit of a resurgence since Netflix added all six seasons of unfettered teen angst onto its platform in November. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "Is Capeside From 'Dawson's Creek' a Real Place?," 28 Dec. 2020 In fact, the contrast between the upbeat tempo and Bridger’s angst regarding touring and her strained relationship with her father only highlights the singer’s complicated, mixed feelings about both. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The 63 Best Songs of 2020 That Made Our Lives a Little Easier," 17 Dec. 2020 Teen angst should be a seasoning, not the main dish, in a zombie apocalypse. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Still plenty of good TV out there: Captain Comics," 9 Oct. 2020 The singer-songwriter joyfully embraces the angst of heartbreak, dancing it out over masochistic lyrics and a manic synth-pop instrumental. Ineye Komonibo,, "New Music To Know: F*ck Buddies, 3-Part Harmonies & The Good Kind Of Pain," 14 Dec. 2020 But the rollout of Mr. Biden’s cabinet and White House picks has created angst among many elements of the party. New York Times, "Biden Faces Intense Pressure From All Sides as He Seeks Diverse Cabinet," 12 Dec. 2020 From the beginning, the delusion of American individualism and the angst of an uncertain end date have blocked hordes of people from realizing or acknowledging that there is only one safe way to do this. Casey Taylor, The New Republic, "Inside the Hostage Crisis of America’s Dying Restaurants," 11 Dec. 2020 The move created angst about the future of transit in the Washington region amid a pandemic that has wrecked Metro’s finances. Washington Post, "Metro board gets first glimpse of budget that proposes drastic cuts to service," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of angst

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for angst

borrowed from German Angst, going back to Middle High German angest, going back to Old High German angust "distress, worry, anxiety," going back to West Germanic *angusti- (whence also Old Frisian ongesta, ongosta "anxiety, danger," Middle Dutch anxt, anxte), derivative, with a noun suffix *-ti- or *-sti-, of the Germanic base *angu- seen in Old English enge "narrow," ange "distressing," Old High German ango "anxious" — more at anger entry 1

Note: If the suffix in question is *-ti-, then the element *angus- is perhaps directly comparable with the s-stem noun reflected in Latin angor "suffocation, anguish," Sanskrit áṁhaḥ "anxiety, trouble" (see anger entry 1) or Latin angustus "narrow" (see anguish entry 1).

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“Angst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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