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
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. 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)