an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety; usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom
A feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially philosophical anxiety.
More commonly, painful sadness or emotional turmoil, as teen angst.
To suffer angst; to fret.
Angst means fear or anxiety. The word angst was introduced into English from Danish angst via existentialist Søren Kierkegaard. It is used in English to describe an intense feeling of apprehension, anxiety, or inner turmoil. In other Germanic languages the word angst is not a loanword as it is in English, but has been in existence long, and is used regularly to express fear. In German, the technical terminology of psychology and philosophy distinguishes between Angst and Furcht in that Furcht is a negative anticipation regarding a concrete threat, while Angst is a non-directional and unmotivated emotion. In common language, however, Angst is the normal word for "fear", while Furcht is an elevated synonym. In other languages having the meaning of the Latin word pavor, the derived words differ in meaning, e.g. as in the French anxiété and peur. The word Angst has existed since the 8th century, from the Proto-Indo-European root *anghu-, "restraint" from which Old High German angust developed. It is pre-cognate with the Latin angustia, "tensity, tightness" and angor, "choking, clogging"; compare to the Greek "άγχος": stress.
The numerical value of angst in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of angst in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
My teen angst has a body count.
I know this sounds crazy, but if you do it, it really works, it really does soothe whatever the angst or emotional feeling that’s brought up by the [trigger] word.
I feel incredible angst about my colleagues, leaving them behind, amidst all of this relief I still feel a sense of concern, a real sense of worry because... if it's right for me to be free, then it's right for all of them to be free.
The Confederate flag causes a lot of people angst and they are not able to see beyond that, i think the people of South Carolina should sit down and have an intelligent discussion about what can they use that captures their heritage, captures the heritage of America and allows them to coexist in peace.
It’s been widely reported that baby boomers are worried about their retirement, but the financial planning and retirement concerns of Generation X have gotten less attention, while our study confirms that many boomers still lack confidence about their future, it reveals alarming realities about the significant angst and pessimism Gen X feels regarding the current and future state of their finances. They’re the next generation that’s quickly approaching retirement and their hands-off approach to planning and preparation is alarming.
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Translations for angst
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- anxiedad extrema, pánico, nerviosismoSpanish
- ahdistus, angsti, elämäntuskaFinnish
- angoisse existentielleFrench
- angst, angestNorwegian Nynorsk
- angústia, afliçãoPortuguese
- тоска, беспокойство, грусть, тревогаRussian
- немир, неспокојство, анксиозностSerbo-Croatian
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