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.
It's manipulating people's angst and their fears.
That's just wrong, it's manipulating people's angst and their fears.
She has learned that excessive disruption in this country creates great angst. And also division.
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.
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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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