What does anxiety mean?

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æŋˈzaɪ ɪ tianx·i·ety

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anxiety, anxiousnessnoun

    (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic

  2. anxietynoun

    a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune


  1. anxietynoun

    An unpleasant state of mental uneasiness, nervousness, apprehension and obsession or concern about some uncertain event.

  2. anxietynoun

    An uneasy or distressing desire (for something).

    I was anxious to get into the office before Henderson called from New York.

  3. anxietynoun

    A state of restlessness and agitation, often accompanied by a distressing sense of oppression or tightness in the stomach.

  4. Etymology: From anxietatem, from anxius, from ango.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Anxietynoun

    Etymology: anxietas, Lat.

    To be happy, is not only to be freed from the pains and diseases of the body, but from anxiety and vexation of spirit; not only to enjoy the pleasures of sense, but peace of conscience, and tranquillity of mind. John Tillotson.

    In anxieties which attend fevers, when the cold fit is over, a warmer regimen may be allowed; and because anxieties often happen by spasms from wind, spices are useful. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anxietynoun

    concern or solicitude respecting some thing or event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness

  2. Anxietynoun

    eager desire

  3. Anxietynoun

    a state of restlessness and agitation, often with general indisposition and a distressing sense of oppression at the epigastrium


  1. Anxiety

    Anxiety is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil and apprehension, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over something unlikely to happen, such as the feeling of imminent death. Anxiety is feeling unrealistic fear, worry, and uneasiness, usually generalized and unfocused. It is often accompanied by restlessness, fatigue, problems in concentration, and muscular tension. Anxiety is not considered to be a normal reaction to a perceived stressor although many feel it occasionally. When anxiety becomes overwhelming and distressing to the sufferer, it may fall under the psychiatric diagnosis of anxiety disorder. Anxiety is not the same as fear. Fear is evoked by a realistic danger and is an appropriate response to a perceived threat, while anxiety is worry or overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Anxiety

    Feeling or emotion of dread, apprehension, and impending disaster but not disabling as with ANXIETY DISORDERS.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxiety' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3645

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxiety' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4210

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'anxiety' in Nouns Frequency: #1344

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anxiety in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anxiety in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of anxiety in a Sentence

  1. Michael Schraa:

    It was a black cloud hanging over the (Department of Corrections) for a long time, when we visited the (youth prison) two years ago, that was one of the things they said, they felt like they were walking on eggshells. They didnt know when the hammer was going to fall. Now that it is concluded and theres no indication excessive force was used, I think the anxiety level for the (guards) will go down. That makes a better environment.

  2. President Jacob Zuma:

    I know and appreciate the anxiety of those who are affected. However, it would be inappropriate for me to just release the report without applying my mind.

  3. Katy Gough:

    You have no control over what time you travel, how busy it's going to be and you don't have the ability to say 'no' and turn around and go back home once you get on. I had previously had a massive panic attack on a train journey to London and now, a large part of me associates trains and public transport with anxiety and panic attacks.

  4. William Eaton:

    Mostly, if you take somebody with a mental disorder -- anxiety, depression, schizophrenia -- and look at their rate of inflammation, it's likely to be higher. There's likely to be inflammatory cytokines involved in that disorder, and we don't understand why.

  5. Marygrace Berberian:

    Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness.

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