\ ˈäŋ(k)st, ˈaŋ(k)st \

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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While some investors had hoped steady earnings data could stabilize major indexes, analysts said the market is increasingly finding sources of angst when given more information. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Fall Sharply as Markets Extend Rocky Stretch," 24 Oct. 2018 Elsewhere Mark Bergen and Austin Carr wonder what the reclusive CEO of Alphabet has been up to during a time of angst at his company. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 Killer robots, and whether machines should decide when or if to shoot, are the focus of much angst right now. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Will Teach Computer Coding Like a Foreign Langauge," 13 Sep. 2018 Mauro Ranallo is shirtless and angst-ridden and rubbing his temples with both hands, while sitting inside his Las Vegas hotel room in May of 2015. Greg Bishop,, "Mauro Ranallo Aims to Reach an Important Audience With Documentary on His Bipolar Disorder," 18 May 2018 Yet Caucasians regularly applaud him for his interminably boring, angst-ridden films. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Hate the Player, Not the Game: On Loving the Art of R. Kelly, Kanye and Cosby," 7 May 2018 After some initial angst, Bell’s teammates have moved on. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "Surging Newton, Panthers face red-hot Steelers," 7 Nov. 2018 That started in online communities buried within Reddit, 4chan, and Tumblr, all powered by teens — which is crucial, because teenage angst feels like the realest, most pressing thing in the world. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Alienation is the most powerful online brand," 27 Oct. 2018 Their résumés would suggest this Trek show would be full of intergalactic hormones and teenage angst à la Wesley Crusher. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Where Is Star Trek Boldly Going?," 10 Sep. 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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