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
The remaining episodes of Game of Thrones are at once a major point of anxiety and excitement for the many fans of the fantasy series.
Contact your veterinarian to discuss medications that can relieve anxiety.
But contrary to fears of emotional trauma, neither the sequencing group nor the control group showed any changes in anxiety or depression 6 months after the study.
For many, nuclear dread is closely related to feeling of uncertainty and anxiety around the current political climate in the United States.
A deal negotiated recently to release kidnapped members of Qatar’s ruling family has been a source of anxiety for Gulf leaders, particularly in Saudi Arabia, which views Iran as its top adversary.
Photo by Steffi Victorioso People bring their dogs to her for anxiety, trauma, and biting.
Even though the idea was a little new age-y for her tastes, Marla was worried about Oscar’s anxiety and was open to anything.
Although there can be some anxiety associated with trailing the index in the last stages of a bull market, some downside protection in a bear market can make up for that lag both in lower drawdowns and better long-term performance.
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Origin and Etymology of anxiety
Latin anxietas, from anxius
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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