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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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Recent Examples on the Web

In the aftermath of community angst over the June 16 police shooting, Buttigieg has been criticized by some back home for leaving South Bend on Monday to head to Miami to prep for the debate. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Democratic debate blog: Live updates on Pete Buttigieg's performance," 27 June 2019 And for all the angst over Location History, some people do like it. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Check your settings if you don't want Google tracking every move," 24 June 2019 Consequently, the price for diabetes medications — and insulin, in particular — have become a growing symbol of the angst in the US over the rising cost of medicines and, in turn, generated strong responses among lawmakers. Ed Silverman,, "Insulin rationing higher among US diabetics than worldwide rate, survey finds," 21 June 2019 The Arizona campaign is the latest effort by out-of-towners looking to tap into growing Bay Area angst over high housing costs, taxes and traffic. Louis Hansen, The Mercury News, "With SUV ads and snark, desert city looks to woo Bay Area residents," 18 June 2019 Earnings angst: Don't expect the second quarter earnings season to be much of a party. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Forget earnings. The smart money is looking to the future," 14 July 2019 Financial angst: My married name is driving me crazy. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "7 Tips for taking great July 4th fireworks photos on your smartphone," 3 July 2019 But the posting of salaries on the employee-only site — as Orange teachers debate whether to approve a new, and controversial, compensation package this month — prompted lots of online discussion and angst, some said. Leslie Postal,, "Orange school district accidentally posts employee salaries on internal website," 3 July 2019 Here’s my theory on the angst, and the reasons go beyond the knee-jerk reactions that permeate around social media. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors mailbag: Did the Warriors make the right draft picks?," 21 June 2019

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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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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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