Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A feeling of anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression.
  • abbr. angstrom

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially philosophical anxiety.
  • n. More commonly, painful sadness or emotional turmoil, as teen angst.
  • v. To suffer angst; to fret.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety; usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom

Etymologies

German, from Middle High German angest, from Old High German angust; see angh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the German word Angst or the Danish word 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".) Initially capitalized (as in German), the term first began to be written with a lowercase "a" around 1940–44.[2][3] The German and Danish terms both derive from Middle High German angest, from Old High German angust, from Proto-Indo-European *angh-; Dutch angst is cognate. (Wiktionary)

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  • Cf. fluff.

    March 25, 2011

  • "'What do you hear when you listen to the city?'
    Very few people knew enough to ask him that question; the young man should not have been one of them.
    'Life and happy days.'
    'And behind that?'
    The impudent light was turned off. The questions came from deep down. When people ask something from a deep place, one must reply.
    'Angst,' said Kasper. 'The same angst that's in every human being. But multiplied by one and a half million.'
    'And behind the angst?'
    'Who says there's anything behind it? Maybe the angst is the end.'"
    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 18, 2008

  • First thing I could come up with was taking a document and converting it into the language of the Isle of Man, "Manxed".

    March 16, 2008

  • Angst (n): The anxious, apprehensive feeling you get, deep down in your soul, when you try to find a rhyme for "angst".

    March 14, 2008