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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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Adding to the administration’s angst about trade fairness, the U.S. trade deficit widened more than forecast in January to a post-recession high. Andrew Mayeda,, "U.S. Considers Broad Curbs on Chinese Imports, Takeovers," 7 Mar. 2018 A couple years later, all the angst between the two seems to have dissipated. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Drake, Meek Mill end long-standing feud at Boston concert," 10 Sep. 2018 Debate over the wisdom of the format pops up from time to time, typically rekindled by angst over injuries to star players or a reexamination of gender equity: Why should men play best-of-five-set matches in the Slams when women play best-of-three? Liz Clarke,, "Tennis could have reason to make matches shorter: Your shrinking attention span," 3 June 2018 Within the Silicon Valley crowd, basic income had become a fashionable idea for addressing collective angst over the social consequences of technology. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Free Cash to Fight Income Inequality? California City Is First in U.S. to Try," 30 May 2018 At Carnival, everything is fair game, and many Brazilians have seized the moment to criticize their leaders at a time of intense dissatisfaction with the political class and angst over continuing fallout from a severe recession. Mauricio Savarese, The Seattle Times, "Ridicule of leaders, samba, skimpy garb at Brazil Carnival," 12 Feb. 2018 Abbott announced his plan at a press conference in Houston, where mushrooming property taxes have become an increasing target for voter angst that has made the area Ground Zero in the growing statewide fight to curb excessive taxation. Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Gov. Abbott proposes 2.5 percent cap on property tax revenues," 16 Jan. 2018 For many, there’s a part of the passage into adulthood where parents transition from the recipient of undying teen angst to a considerably close friend. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "18 Father-Daughter Dance Songs That'll Have Everyone Crying at Your Wedding," 24 Jan. 2019 Aggretsuko follows its eponymous heroine through the pains of modern life, including bad bosses, flaky friends, and general existential angst. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Aggretsuko’s holiday special nails the ups and downs of the perfect Instagram photo," 24 Dec. 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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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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