Definition of anxiety
1a (1) : apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill : a state of being anxious More Buddhist uprisings in South Vietnam in the spring of 1966 intensified my anxiety. — Robert S. McNamara I felt my anxiety rise as we pressed deeper underground. — Jon Krakauer (2) medical : an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with itb : mentally distressing concern or interest Yet the pace of a child's progress can also be a source of anxiety for mothers and fathers. — Susan Ochshornc : a strong desire sometimes mixed with doubt, fear, or uneasiness … his anxiety to succeed and his continued nervousness over the possible bankruptcy of his shoe company caused her to lecture him about relaxing and caring for his health. — William Drake … present a gamble that consumers, in their anxiety to make an affordable deal, do not always appreciate. — Stephen Koepp
2 : a cause of anxiety … citizens stressed by gnawing economic and social anxieties. — Michael Pertschuk
Examples of anxiety in a Sentence
feelings of anger and anxiety
She suffers from chronic anxiety.
He's been feeling a lot of anxiety about his new job.
Recent Examples of anxiety from the Web
Toxicology tests showed the presence of barbiturates, caffeine and lorazepam, also known as Ativan, for relief of anxiety.
Partly due to these anxieties, school showers—particularly communal showers—fell into disuse in the late 1980s and 1990s.
The History Finnish anxiety is deeply rooted after a bloody modern history that’s unprecedented in the Nordic region.
Founded 80 years ago in Chicago by neuropsychiatrist Abraham A. Low, Recovery International is a self-help program and support group for people dealing with anxiety, depression, mood disorders and other mental health challenges.
Jackson's nomination has added to the anxiety of civil rights activists.
Cornell's family has disputed the medical examiner's findings and claimed Cornell may have taken more of his anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed.
This Red Bull production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of a Gogol masterpiece stars Michael Urie as a man who thrusts a small town into paroxysms of anxiety and bribery.
After decades of public debate, of anger, of anxiety, of anticipation, of humiliation and of frustration.
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Origin and Etymology of anxiety
Latin anxietas, from anxius
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of anxiety
ANXIETY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of anxiety for English Language Learners
: fear or nervousness about what might happen
: a feeling of wanting to do something very much
ANXIETY Defined for Kids
Definition of anxiety for Students
: fear or nervousness about what might happen Tests cause many people anxiety.
Medical Definition of anxiety
1a (1): apprehensive uneasiness or nervousness usually over an impending or anticipated ill : a state of being anxious (2): an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with itb: mentally distressing concern or interest Yet the pace of a child's progress can also be a source of anxiety for mothers and fathers.—Susan Ochshorn, Parenting, February 1995
2: a cause of anxiety … the younger children, faced with a new school, harder subjects and the myriad anxieties that thread childhood and adolescence …—Charisse Jones, The New York Times, 13 Sept. 1994
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