Angst

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English

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Etymology

From the word [[Angst#|Angst]] or the word [[angst#|angst]]; attested since the 19th century in English translations of the works of Freud and Søren Kierkegaard. (George Eliot used the phrase complete with definite article: "die Angst{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}".) Initially capitalized (as in German and contemporaneous Danish), the term first began to be written with a lowercase "a" around 1940–44.[1][2][3] The German and Danish terms both derive from Template:Gmh {{ Template:Gmh/script |[[angest#Template:Gmh|angest]]|face=term|lang=gmh}}, from Old High German angust, from Proto-Germanic {{gem-pro|*angustiz}}; [[angst#|angst]] is cognate. Compare  [[ångest#|ångest]].

Pronunciation

Noun

Angst (uncountable)

  1. 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.
  2. A feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially philosophical anxiety.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

Angst (third-person singular simple present [[Angsts#|Angsts]], present participle [[Angsting#|Angsting]], simple past and past participle [[Angsted#|Angsted]])
  1. (Articlesinformal) 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?

References

  1. Template:R:Merriam Webster Online
  2. Template:R:Dictionary.com
  3. Online Etymology Dictionary, "angst"

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Danish

Adjective

Angst

  1. afraid, anxious, alarmed

Noun

Template:Da-noun

  1. fear, alarm, apprehension, dread
  2. anxiety
  3. angst

Dutch

Etymology

From Template:Odt {{odt|*angust}}, from Proto-Germanic {{gem-pro|*angustiz}}. Related to Dutch [[eng#|eng]] (narrow; scary). Cognate with German [[Angst#|Angst]].

Pronunciation

Noun

Template:Nl-noun

  1. fear, angst, anxiety

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Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Middle Low German (compare [[Angst#|Angst]]).

Noun

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  1. (Articlessingulare tantum) angst

Derived terms

References

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