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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: anxietas, from anxius; ANXIOUS

anxiety

noun
     
anx‧i‧e‧ty S3 W3 plural anxieties
1 [uncountable and countable] the feeling of being very worried about something [= concern]
anxiety about/over
There is considerable anxiety among staff about job losses.
There is growing public anxiety over levels of air pollution in our cities.
deep/acute/great anxiety
The fear of unemployment can be a source of deep anxiety to people.
his feelings of anxiety
A high level of anxiety was created by the introduction of cameras into the factory.
It can help if you discuss your anxieties with someone.
2 [uncountable] a feeling of wanting to do something very much
anxiety to do something
I nearly fell in my anxiety to get downstairs quickly.

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