angst

noun
\ ˈäŋ(k)st How to pronounce angst (audio) , ˈaŋ(k)st How to pronounce angst (audio) \

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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The ensemble cast is particularly adept at walking the line between humor and angst. Jeffrey Gillespie| For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "Elvis impersonator transforms into drag diva in endearing ‘Legend of Georgia McBride’," 10 June 2019 But ultimately Rachel's teenaged angst is pretty garden variety. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Black Mirror is back for S5, but it might be running out of fresh ideas," 10 June 2019 But despite the collective angst, even the firewall’s fiercest detractors have yet to find a satisfactory solution to the conundrum. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire," 21 Dec. 2012 The relaxed summer of fun quickly turns into a season filled with teenage angst. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Is Finally Here and I Am Not Okay," 20 Mar. 2019 That formative, cringe-inducing time was filled with angst, cliques, and a whole lot of acne. Bonnie Stiernberg, Glamour, "I Wish Every Teen Girl Would Watch Hulu's PEN15," 10 Mar. 2019 But, his restlessly elastic voice with its dramatic trills, seemed to beg for something meatier, something with a little angst, a lot of soul and a less gloss than that first album. Philly.com, "Album reviews: Charlie Puth, Chvrches, Kelly Willis," 24 May 2018 Part symphony, part piano concerto, Bernstein’s response to W.H. Auden’s eponymous poem is about four New Yorkers struggling with postwar angst and crises of identity and faith, the latter a lifelong concern of Bernstein’s. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "CSO under Kent Nagano delivers a snazzy slice of vintage Bernstein," 30 Mar. 2018 But the airport -- the first built from scratch in the U.S. in more than a decade - caused with much angst: Residents approved a nonbinding referendum opposing the project, only to see local officials move forward with it anyway. John Sharp, AL.com, "In Mobile, 'transformative' effort could move airport from suburbs to downtown," 13 Mar. 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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