Definition of angst in English:

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angst

Pronunciation: /aŋst/

noun

[mass noun]
1A feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general: the existential angst of the middle classes rock and pop have a tradition of celebrating adolescent angst
More example sentences
  • Everything bounces along with a youthful joy, devoid of cynical teenage angst, full of hope and dare we say it slightly soppy.
  • It is a sign of the times, of our tumultuous, dizzying culture of metaphysical angst.
  • Through an occasional nocturnal trip to the gym, Matt Murdock finds a way to relieve some of his adolescent angst.
Synonyms
anxiety, fear, dread, apprehension, worry, perturbation, foreboding, trepidation, malaise, distress, disquiet, disquietude, unease, uneasiness
rare inquietude
1.1 informal A feeling of persistent worry about something trivial: my hair causes me angst
More example sentences
  • Finally, however, after much worry and angst, it was the night of the Debutante Ball.
  • When I was a child I used to cause my mother major fits of angst while trying to keep me still in church.
  • We wouldn't have minded, but she put all our cutlery and crockery away in the wrong places, causing much angst upon our return.

Derivatives

angsty

adjective
Example sentences
  • Looking back, he says this was simply angsty teenage rebellion.
  • Clearly, not being an angsty teen, this doesn't really apply to me, but it does make me ask myself what the point of this blog business is.
  • He spent his teenage years in Lafayette, Indiana, an angsty reprobate and hardened juvenile delinquent.

Origin

1920s: from German, 'fear'.

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