anxiety /aŋˈzʌɪəti/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome

he felt a surge of anxiety
[ count noun]
anxieties about the moral decline of today’s youth.
[Psychiatry] a nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks.

[as modifier]

she suffered from anxiety attacks.
3. [with infinitive] strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen

the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to please.
– origin early 16th cent.: from French anxiété or Latin anxietas, from anxius (see anxious).

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