angst /aŋst/

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1. a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general

the existential angst of the middle classes.
rock and pop have a tradition of celebrating adolescent angst.
2.
‹informal› a feeling of persistent worry about something trivial

my hair causes me angst.
II. derivatives

angsty
adjective


– origin 1920s: from German, ‘fear’.

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