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Definitions and Synonyms of anxiety | Another word for anxiety | What is anxiety?

Definition 1: a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune - [noun denoting feeling]

(anxiety is a kind of ...) any strong feeling

(... is a kind of anxiety ) the anxious feeling you have when you have the jitters

(... is a kind of anxiety ) uneasiness about the fitness of an action

(... is a kind of anxiety ) a feeling caused by uneasiness or apprehension

"with a sinking heart" "a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach"

(... is a kind of anxiety ) feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable

(... is a kind of anxiety ) the anxiety you experience when you feel vulnerable and insecure

(... is a kind of anxiety ) a feeling of mild anxiety about possible developments

(... is a kind of anxiety ) an anxious feeling

"care had aged him" "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"

(... is a kind of anxiety ) a strong feeling of anxiety

"his worry over the prospect of being fired" "it is not work but worry that kills" "he wanted to die and end his troubles"

(... is a kind of anxiety ) anxious embarrassment

(... is a kind of anxiety ) an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety; usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom

Definition 2: (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 - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for anxiety in the sense of this definition

(anxiety is a kind of ...) (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic

"a manic state"

(... is a kind of anxiety ) (psychoanalysis) anxiety resulting from real or imagined threats to your sexual functions; originally applied only to men but can in principle apply to women

(... is a kind of anxiety ) chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments

(... is a kind of anxiety ) excessive anxiety

(... is a kind of anxiety ) sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events

"panic in the stock market" "a war scare" "a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building"

(anxiety belongs to category ...) the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders

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