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
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Recent Examples of angst from the Web
There are the usual markers — American angst, middle-class tensions, Amy Morton.
Beach Slang Beach Slang perfectly captures a post-punk rock 'n' roll angst that dominated the basements and cars of kids in the late 1980s and early '90s: loud, frustrated, sneakily sentimental, unashamedly vulnerable.
Those proposals have caused angst, especially among disability groups whose members rely on Medicaid not only for medical care, but for support services that allow them to live at home rather than institutions.
Tack on the recently thwarted writers strike, and there is plenty of angst to go around.
Phillips and other Koch network panelists who met with reporters expressed none of the angst that some conservatives have voiced about the early months of Trump’s administration.
Is that a sign of angst, excitement or some combination of both?
North Korea, the current epicenter of nuclear angst, reportedly has fewer than 15 as of March 2016.
For perspective on the national angst over drug prices, let’s pay a visit to the ballpark.
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Origin and Etymology of angst
Danish & German; Danish, from German
First Known Use: circa 1942See Words from the same year
ANGST Defined for English Language Learners
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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