Definition of Anxiety

1. Noun. (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. Noun. A vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune.

Definition of Anxiety

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

Definition of Anxiety

1. Noun. An unpleasant state of mental uneasiness, nervousness, apprehension and obsession or concern about some uncertain event. ¹

2. Noun. An uneasy or distressing desire (for something). ¹

3. Noun. (context: pathology) A state of restlessness and agitation, often accompanied by a distressing sense of oppression or tightness in the stomach. ¹

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Definition of Anxiety

1. painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind [n -ETIES]

Medical Definition of Anxiety

1. The unpleasant emotional state consisting of psychophysiological responses to anticipation of unreal or imagined danger, ostensibly resulting from unrecognised intrapsychic conflict. Physiological concomitants include increased heart rate, altered respiration rate, sweating, trembling, weakness and fatigue, psychological concomitants include feelings of impending danger, powerlessness, apprehension and tension. (18 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Anxiety

anvil cloud
anvil clouds
anvil sound
anxiety (current term)
anxiety attack
anxiety disorder
anxiety disorders
anxiety dream
anxiety hysteria
anxiety neurosis
anxiety reaction
anxiety syndrome
anxiety tension state
anxiolytic drug

Literary usage of Anxiety

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The history of England from the accession of James ii by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay (1849)
"... anxiety of William became intense. From common anxiety of eyes his feelings were concealed by the icy tranquillity ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"anxiety about Spain. longer tempered his master's rough diplomacy. The promotions of 1807 usher in a second generation of Napoleon's servants. ..."

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