anxiety |aNGˈzī-itē|noun (pl. anxieties)

A 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 youth.• [ with infinitive ] desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease: the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to please.• Psychiatry a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.ORIGIN early 16th cent.: from French anxiété or Latin anxieties, fromanxius.



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