from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
- n. A cause of anxiety: For some people, air travel is a real anxiety.
- n. Psychiatry A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.
- n. Eager, often agitated desire: my anxiety to make a good impression.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An unpleasant state of mental uneasiness, nervousness, apprehension and obsession or concern about some uncertain event.
- n. An uneasy or distressing desire (for something).
- n. A state of restlessness and agitation, often accompanied by a distressing sense of oppression or tightness in the stomach.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Concern or solicitude respecting some thing or event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness.
- n. Eager desire.
- n. A state of restlessness and agitation, often with general indisposition and a distressing sense of oppression at the epigastrium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The apprehension caused by danger, misfortune, or error; concern or solicitude respecting some event, future or uncertain; disturbance, uneasiness of mind, or care, occasioned by trouble.
- n. In pathology, a state of restlessness and agitation, with general indisposition, and a distressing sense of oppression at the epigastrium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune
- n. (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic
In the case of emotionally induced stress, the term anxiety will serve just as well.
In the foregoing definitions, I have used the term anxiety more or less interchangeably with the term stress.
The joy, obviously, outweighs the anxiety – by volumes it outweighs the anxiety – but the anxiety is always, always there, lurking in the dark corners and bursting into the light when I least expect it, casting shadows, imposing a chill.
I'm hoping it's not sophistry to argue that this anxiety is the point.
I think that the deciding factor in this election will be what I call the anxiety factor.
March 12th, 2010 at 11: 36 am dbadass says: the anxiety is growing in the subject.
The fundamental anxiety is that US fighters not sufficiently exposed to personal danger, thus making it too easy for the US to undertake violence.
Now the anxiety is directed at what has aptly been called modern postural yoga.
One way not to provide relief from anxiety is to have many different messages addressing each concern that promotes the anxiety.
What a relief for those troops who had been living in anxiety for the last three months.