Definition of angst in English:

angst

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’
    • ‘Through an occasional nocturnal trip to the gym, Matt Murdock finds a way to relieve some of his adolescent angst.’
    • ‘The twin evils of terrorism and teenage angst drove her to bulimia, a condition she tackled only a year back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the root of the crisis is a deep angst over the dire state of domestic and European economic affairs.’
    • ‘It didn't seem so, and the approach of my 40th birthday induced a bout of full - blown midlife angst.’
    • ‘I think there is a human dilemma, human pain and angst, and that it is very universal.’
    • ‘It involves a lack of motivation, a destruction of self belief, a general feeling of angst.’
    • ‘What makes these songs so potent is the unmistakable angst festering beneath each one.’
    • ‘The sense of angst and melancholy conveyed by Lumley, with the aid of director Hugo Blick, is strangely appealing.’
    • ‘Teenage clubs would be formed in schools to tackle teenage angst and improve leadership qualities.’
    • ‘The summer that is now nearly officially behind us has been all about a kind of existential angst for me.’
    • ‘The audience is propelled into the existential angst of everyday living.’
    • ‘Still, few could have predicted he'd fall this deep into a pit of lyrical self-pity and teen angst.’
    • ‘On the creative front: I'm asking myself about how and why one can derive creativity from angst or annoyance.’
    • ‘Racism first manifests itself among the group as a form of verbal violence, an expression of general angst.’
    • ‘Each of us have tremendous angst and shame and heartache about our eating disorders on the show.’
    • ‘Many of the works that appear in the show depict the angst of the present generation.’
    • ‘It is a sign of the times, of our tumultuous, dizzying culture of metaphysical angst.’
    • ‘If there is angst, it is a human condition rather than a disorder specific to the urban, displaced elite.’
    anxiety, fear, dread, apprehension, worry, perturbation, foreboding, trepidation, malaise, distress, disquiet, disquietude, unease, uneasiness
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    1. 1.1informal A feeling of persistent worry about something trivial.
      ‘my hair causes me angst’
      • ‘Judging from the press releases that clog my e-mail, there seems to be an upsurge in financial angst among twenty-somethings.’
      • ‘When I was a child I used to cause my mother major fits of angst while trying to keep me still in church.’
      • ‘Mortgage angst hits commodities’
      • ‘Finally, however, after much worry and angst, it was the night of the Debutante Ball.’
      • ‘Often, their answers only lead to more questions, hence my interpretational angst.’
      • ‘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’.

Pronunciation

angst

/ɑŋ(k)st//äNG(k)st/