noun (plural anxieties)
- 1A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome: he felt a surge of anxiety anxieties about the moral decline of today’s youthMore example sentences
worry, concern, apprehension, apprehensiveness, uneasiness, unease, fearfulness, fear, disquiet, disquietude, inquietude, perturbation, agitation, angst, misgiving, nervousness, nerves, tension, tenseness
- Our worries and anxieties evaporated in an instant, and within half an hour my wife, Jayne, was asking how we could buy one.
- The worries and anxieties of his years at Vétheuil seemed a distant memory.
- He appears to have resolved these anxieties by stressing the moral gulf between his characters and his own beliefs.
- 1.1 [with infinitive] Desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease: the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to pleaseMore example sentences
- Achievements since are the result of an anxiety to play it safe.
- The only cementing force was greed and the anxiety to cling on to power.
- Madame des Ursins confesses in her voluminous correspondence that she made herself a burden to the king in her anxiety to exclude him from all other influence.
- 1.2 Psychiatry A nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.More example sentences
- They do not seem to know that depression and anxiety can cause eating disorders.
- As you learn to modify your compulsive behaviour, your anxiety levels should lessen.
- However, the fact that she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks is less certain of being admitted.
early 16th century: from French anxiété or Latin anxietas, from anxius (see anxious).