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anxiety

noun

  1. (psychiatry)  a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic
    Synonyms: anxiousness. Topic: psychiatry. Type of: psychological state
  2. (emotion)  a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
    Synonyms: kiaugh [Scotland]. Type of: emotion

Etymology summary

Latin anxietatem (nominative anxietas) "anguish, anxiety, solicitude", noun of...
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Wikipedia:

Anxiety

an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination. It's the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over something unlikely to happen, such as the feeling of ... (38 of 5578 words, 2 images)

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Anxiety (disambiguation)

a normally occurring, but unpleasant, psychological and physiological state Anxiety may also refer to: Anxiety disorder, a common psychiatric disorder characterized by symptoms such as excessive rumination and worrying | In music: "Anxiety", an ... (33 of 203 words, 13 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural] | worry [synonym, sense-specific] | eagerness [synonym, sense-specific]

a state of uneasiness or tension caused by apprehension of possible future misfortune, danger, etc; worry | intense desire; eagerness | [psychology] a ... (21 of 528 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

anxiety [psychology]

a feeling of dread, fear, or apprehension, often with no clear justification. Anxiety is distinguished from fear because the latter arises in response ... (23 of 435 words)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

anxiety

anticipatory tension or vague dread persisting in the absence of a specific threat. In contrast to fear, which is a realistic reaction to actual ... (24 of 281 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

anxiety | anxieties [plural] | agita [synonym, sense-specific] | agitation [synonym, sense-specific] | anxiousness [synonym, sense-specific] | apprehension [synonym, sense-specific] | apprehensiveness [synonym, sense-specific] | care [synonym, sense-specific] | concern [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill ; fearful concern or interest ; a cause of anxiety | an ... (24 of 216 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural] | unease

a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome | [psychiatry] : a nervous disorder marked by excessive ... (21 of 114 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

[uncountable] a worried feeling you have because you think something bad ... | [countable] something that you are worried about (19 of 105 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties. | A cause of anxiety | [psychiatry] A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and ... (21 of 76 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

a state of being uneasy, apprehensive, or worried about what may happen; concern about a possible future event | [psychiatry] an abnormal state like ... (23 of 71 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural] | care [synonym, sense-specific] | solicitude [synonym, sense-specific] | foreboding [synonym, sense-specific] | uneasiness [synonym, sense-specific] | perplexity [synonym, sense-specific] | disquietude [synonym, sense-specific] | disquiet [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

An unpleasant state of mental uneasiness, nervousness, apprehension and obsession or concern about some uncertain event. | An uneasy or distressing desire (for something). | [pathology] A state of restlessness and agitation, often accompanied by a ... (34 of 64 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

anxiety [entry 1]

an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future | something that causes a feeling of ... (24 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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anxiety [entry 2]

eagerness to do something (4 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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anxiety [entry 3]

a medical condition in which you always feel frightened and worried (11 of 33 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune. | earnest but tense desire; eagerness. | [psychiatry] a state of apprehension ... (22 of 61 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

nervousness or agitation, often about something that is going to happen | a subject or concern that causes worry | the strong wish to do something, ... (24 of 96 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

anxiety

First use: 1520s

Origin: Latin anxietatem (nominative anxietas) "anguish, anxiety, solicitude", noun of quality from anxius. Psychiatric use dates to ... (17 of 36 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

Origin: Latin anxietātem, from anxius ("anxious, solicitous, distressed, troubled"), from angō ("to distress, trouble").

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Oxford Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

First use: early 16th century

Origin: French anxiété or Latin anxietas, from anxius (see "anxious")

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Collins Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin anxietas; see anxious

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/anxiety

American Heritage Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

Origin: Latin ānxietās, from ānxius, anxious; see "anxious".

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Merriam-Webster:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

First use: about 1525

Origin: Latin anxietas, from anxius

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New World Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

Origin: Latin anxietas from anxius, "anxious"

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Encarta Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: French anxiété from Latin anxius

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861586113​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

anxiety [entry 1]

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

anxiety | anxieties [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

anxiety

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YourDictionary Audio:

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