Definition of angst in English:

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angst

Pronunciation: /äNG(k)st/

noun

1A feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general: adolescent angst
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  • 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, apprehension, worry, foreboding, trepidation, malaise, disquiet, disquietude, unease, uneasiness
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.

Origin

1920s: from German, 'fear, anxiety'.

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Syllabification: angst

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