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1[mass noun] A 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’
anxiety, fear, dread, apprehension, worry, perturbation, foreboding, trepidation, malaise, distress, disquiet, disquietude, unease, uneasinessinquietudeView synonyms
- ‘The summer that is now nearly officially behind us has been all about a kind of existential angst for me.’
- ‘If there is angst, it is a human condition rather than a disorder specific to the urban, displaced elite.’
- ‘It is a sign of the times, of our tumultuous, dizzying culture of metaphysical angst.’
- ‘Each of us have tremendous angst and shame and heartache about our eating disorders on the show.’
- ‘It involves a lack of motivation, a destruction of self belief, a general feeling of angst.’
- ‘Still, few could have predicted he'd fall this deep into a pit of lyrical self-pity and teen angst.’
- ‘Is it just a deeper than normal journey into adolescent angst or a modern fairy tale?’
- ‘Everything bounces along with a youthful joy, devoid of cynical teenage angst, full of hope and dare we say it slightly soppy.’
- ‘It didn't seem so, and the approach of my 40th birthday induced a bout of full - blown midlife angst.’
- ‘Through an occasional nocturnal trip to the gym, Matt Murdock finds a way to relieve some of his adolescent angst.’
- ‘At the root of the crisis is a deep angst over the dire state of domestic and European economic affairs.’
- ‘Teenage clubs would be formed in schools to tackle teenage angst and improve leadership qualities.’
- ‘The sense of angst and melancholy conveyed by Lumley, with the aid of director Hugo Blick, is strangely appealing.’
- ‘I think there is a human dilemma, human pain and angst, and that it is very universal.’
- ‘What makes these songs so potent is the unmistakable angst festering beneath each one.’
- ‘The twin evils of terrorism and teenage angst drove her to bulimia, a condition she tackled only a year back.’
- ‘Racism first manifests itself among the group as a form of verbal violence, an expression of general angst.’
- ‘On the creative front: I'm asking myself about how and why one can derive creativity from angst or annoyance.’
- ‘The audience is propelled into the existential angst of everyday living.’
- ‘Many of the works that appear in the show depict the angst of the present generation.’
- 1.1informal A feeling of persistent worry about something trivial:‘my hair causes me angst’
- ‘Mortgage angst hits commodities’
- ‘Judging from the press releases that clog my e-mail, there seems to be an upsurge in financial angst among twenty-somethings.’
- ‘We wouldn't have minded, but she put all our cutlery and crockery away in the wrong places, causing much angst upon our return.’
- ‘Often, their answers only lead to more questions, hence my interpretational angst.’
- ‘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.’
1920s: from German, fear.
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