• WordNet 3.6
    • n anxiety a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
    • n anxiety (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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In America, the most common mental illness is Anxiety Disorders
    • Anxiety (Med) A state of restlessness and agitation, often with general indisposition and a distressing sense of oppression at the epigastrium.
    • Anxiety Concern or solicitude respecting some thing or event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness.
    • Anxiety Eager desire.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.
    • n anxiety The apprehension caused by danger, misfortune, or error; concern or solicitude respecting some event, future or uncertain; disturbance, uneasiness of mind, or care, occasioned by trouble.
    • n anxiety In pathology, a state of restlessness and agitation, with general indisposition, and a distressing sense of oppression at the epigastrium. Synonyms Care, Concern, Solicitude, etc. (see care), foreboding, uneasiness, disquiet, inquietude, restlessness, apprehension, fear, misgiving, worry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anxiety state of being anxious—adv. An′xiously
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  • Theodore L. Cuyler
    Theodore L. Cuyler
    “God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today's duties and tomorrow's anxieties piled on the top of them.”
  • Chuck Jones
    Chuck Jones
    “Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”
  • Ovid
    “There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.”
  • Arthur Somers Roche
    Arthur Somers Roche
    “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
  • Ruckett
    “Anxiety about the future never profits; we feel no evil until it comes, and when we feel it, no counsel helps; wisdom is either too early or too late.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. anxietas, fr. anxius,: cf. F. anxiété,. See Anxious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. anxiusang-ĕre, to press tightly. See Anger, Anguish.


In literature:

His pride in this respect was an amiable failing, if failing it was, for his great anxiety was to shed honour on his name.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Interesting as Gerald's letter was to Norah and her father, it caused them the greatest possible anxiety.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
We all watched with deep anxiety the progressive increase of the smouldering furnace below us.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
In my anxiety for her I almost forgot all about father.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Poor Cicely had thus a still longer time to wait till her anxiety was relieved, or till she might learn the worst.
"The Settlers" by William H. G. Kingston
We all felt her loss greatly, and poor Marian was so overwhelmed with grief that we were in serious anxiety on her account.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Cyrus Harding had not seen the suspected vessel hoist the black flag without deep anxiety.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
The alarm and anxiety of the passengers seemed now to have ceased.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Our great anxiety was now to make ourselves seen before the night closed down upon us.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Much worry and anxiety also bring on this serious illness.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk

In poetry:

He dares not enter through the trees
That veil it from his eye;
He listens for some other sound
In deep anxiety.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
A sweet intoxication urges me
Despite pitching, tossing, fearlessly
To offer this toast while standing Solitude, reef, and starry veil
To whatever’s worthy of knowing
The white anxiety of our sail.
"A Toast" by Stephane Mallarme
She will not know from what fair skies
Troop hopes to front anxieties—
In what far fields they gather,
Until she knows that even in sleep,
Yea, in the dark of trouble deep,
The child is with the Father.
"The Wakeful Sleeper" by George MacDonald
I've been hunted like a panther into my mountain lair,
Anxiety and misery my grim companions there.
I've planted in the scrub, my boys, and fed on kangaroo,
And wound up my avocations by ten years on Cockatoo.
"The Murrumbidgee Shearer" by Anonymous Oceania
And upon the deck, in deep anxiety he stood,
And from anxiety of mind he took but little food;
But now he ordered dinner and prepared without delay,
Saying, I shall gain a peerage to-morrow, or Westminster Abbey.
"The Battle Of The Nile" by William Topaz McGonagall
OH, listen to the tale of MISTER WILLIAM, if you please,
Whom naughty, naughty judges sent away beyond the seas.
He forged a party's will, which caused anxiety and strife,
Resulting in his getting penal servitude for life.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Perinatal anxiety disorders are common and pose risks to women and their offspring.
Curb Panic & Anxiety In Parrots.
Anxiety Grows Over Preakness Stakes.
HERRIMAN — The Pinyon Fire jumped fire lines Wednesday, causing anxiety among some homeowners.
Anxieties mount over the games.
Political debate and private actions affecting pension plans have been escalating for decades, leading to new heights of public anxiety.
A gene for anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder .
When Anxiety, Insomnia Aren't Just in Your Head.
If you do, then you remember the anxiety you felt about fitting in, the social pressure, and the constant stress happening in your life.
Columnists Richard O Jones Promiscuity is Acceptance Anxiety in Disguise.
Quant has had a history of health problems that caused depression and anxiety.
Prussic-acid poisoning symptoms include anxiety, progressive weakness and labored breathing.
Depression, Anxiety, OCD, and Psychosis .
As people wait longer to marry, they also suffer more anxiety around the marriage decision.
WASHINGTON—Even though countless studies show that psychotherapy helps people living with depression and anxiety, drug therapy has become the most popular course of treatment over the past decade.

In science:

His anxiety concerns the directionality of a vector.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Munafò MR, Freimer NB, Ng W, Ophoff R, Veijola J, et al. (2009) 5-HTTLPR genotype and anxiety-related personality traits: a meta-analysis and new data.
Deep Impact: Unintended consequences of journal rank
If formulas such as (4.10) for example cause anxiety one can think of approximating h ∈ H by φn ∈ Φ and/or realize that h(x) = R (ψ(y , λ), h(y ))ψ(x, λ)dΓ is simply another way of saying h = Q−1Qh.
Toward a general theory of transmutation
We also knew that students suffer from anxiety when waiting for a result, even if it is not essential for university admittance.
WebTeach in practice: the entrance test to the Engineering faculty in Florence
Yale family study of comorbidity of alcoholism and anxiety (YFSCAA).
Generalized score test of homogeneity for mixed effects models