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definition of the word anxiety

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From Latin anxietātem < anxius (anxious, solicitous, distressed, troubled) < angere (to distress, trouble, chose)



anxiety (plural anxieties)

  1. An unpleasant state of mental uneasiness or concern about some uncertain event.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 268a.
      But the other, because he's been immersed in arguments, gives the appearance of harbouring considerable anxiety and suspicion that he's ignorant of those matters he presents himself to others as an expert on.
  2. An uneasy or distressing desire (for something).
    I was anxious to get into the office before Henderson called from New York.
  3. (pathology) A state of restlessness and agitation, often accompanied by a distressing sense of oppression or tightness in the stomach.

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