Borrowed from German Angst or Danish angst; attested since the 19th century in English translations of the works of Freud and Søren Kierkegaard. Initially capitalized (as in German and contemporaneous Danish), the term first began to be written with a lowercase "a" around 1940–44. The German and Danish terms both derive from Middle High German angest, from Old High German angust, from Proto-Germanic *angustiz; Dutch angst is cognate. Compare Swedish ångest.
- enPR: ăng(k)sts, IPA(key): /æŋ(k)st/
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- Rhymes: -æŋkst
- Emotional turmoil; painful sadness.
- 1979, Peter Hammill, Mirror images:
- I've begun to regret that we'd ever met / Between the dimensions. / It gets such a strain to pretend that the change / Is anything but cheap. / With your infant pique and your angst pretensions / Sometimes you act like such a creep.
- 2007, Martyn Bone, Perspectives on Barry Hannah (page 3)
- Harry's adolescence is theatrical and gaudy, and many of its key scenes have a lurid and camp quality that is appropriate to the exaggerated mood-shifting and self-dramatizing of teen angst.
- A feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially philosophical anxiety.
- (informal, intransitive) To suffer angst; to fret.
- 2001, Joseph P Natoli, Postmodern Journeys: Film and Culture, 1996-1998:
- In the second scene, the camera switches to the father listening, angsting, dying inside, but saying nothing.
- 2006, Liz Ireland, Three Bedrooms in Chelsea:
- She'd never angsted so much about her head as she had in the past twenty-four hours. Why the hell hadn't she just left it alone?
- angst on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- “angst” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN.
- "angst" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.
angst c (singular definite angsten, not used in plural form)
- angstaanjagend (via the common construction angst aanjagen, "to frighten")
- Afrikaans: angs
“angst” in The Bokmål Dictionary.