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anxiety

anx·i·e·ty

anxiety

 
pronunciation:
aeng zaI ih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: anxieties
definition 1: a mental state characterized by uneasiness, distress, and worry; apprehension.
synonyms:
disquiet, disquietude, distress, uneasiness, worry
antonyms:
ease, equanimity, euphoria, serenity
similar words:
angst, apprehension, bother, care, concern, dismay, dread, fear, inquietude, misgiving, nerve, perturbation, solicitude, tension, trepidation
definition 2: a cause of such apprehension.
synonyms:
worry
antonyms:
security
similar words:
care, concern, distress, dread, fear, trouble
Word History
Anxiety comes from a Latin word that means "to choke, strangle, or cause distress."
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