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Synonyms for anxiety
æŋˈzaɪ ɪ tianx·i·ety

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Wiktionary

  1. anxietynoun

    Synonyms:
    apprehension, disquietude, perplexity, distress, care, restlessness, uneasiness, solicitude, disquiet, trouble, foreboding

  2. anxietynoun

    An unpleasant state of mental uneasiness, nervousness, apprehension and obsession or concern about some uncertain event.

    Synonyms:
    trouble, disquietude, solicitude, uneasiness, apprehension, restlessness, disquiet, perplexity, distress, foreboding, care

  3. anxietynoun

    An uneasy or distressing desire (for something).

    I was anxious to get into the office before Henderson called from New York.

    Synonyms:
    foreboding, solicitude, care, perplexity, trouble, uneasiness, restlessness, apprehension, distress, disquietude, disquiet

  4. anxietynoun

    A state of restlessness and agitation, often accompanied by a distressing sense of oppression or tightness in the stomach.

    Synonyms:
    distress, perplexity, uneasiness, care, solicitude, apprehension, trouble, restlessness, disquiet, foreboding, disquietude

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. anxiety

    Anxiety is, according to its derivation, a choking disquiet, akin to anguish; anxiety is mental; anguish may be mental or physical; anguish is in regard to the known, anxiety in regard to the unknown; anguish is because of what has happened, anxiety because of what may happen. Anxiety refers to some future event, always suggesting hopeful possibility, and thus differing from apprehension, fear, dread, foreboding, terror, all of which may be quite despairing. In matters within our reach, anxiety always stirs the question whether something can not be done, and is thus a valuable spur to doing; in this respect it is allied to care. Foreboding, dread, etc., commonly incapacitate for all helpful thought or endeavor. Worry is a more petty, restless, and manifest anxiety; anxiety may be quiet and silent; worry is communicated to all around. Solicitude is a milder anxiety. Fretting or fretfulness is a weak complaining without thought of accomplishing or changing anything, but merely as a relief to one's own disquiet. Perplexity often involves anxiety, but may be quite free from it. A student may be perplexed regarding a translation, yet, if he has time enough, not at all anxious regarding it.

    Synonyms:
    anguish, apprehension, care, concern, disquiet, disturbance, dread, fear, foreboding, fretfulness, fretting, misgiving, perplexity, solicitude, trouble, worry

    Antonyms:
    apathy, assurance, calmness, carelessness, confidence, ease, light-heartedness, nonchalance, satisfaction, tranquillity

    Preposition:
    Anxiety for a friend's return; anxiety about, in regard to, or concerning the future.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. anxiety, anxiousnessnoun

    (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

    Synonyms:
    anxiousness, disquiet

  2. anxietynoun

    a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune

    Synonyms:
    anxiousness

Editors Contribution

  1. stress

    a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

    "he's obviously under a lot of stress"

    Submitted by rinat on August 15, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. anxietynoun

    Synonyms:
    solicitude, concern, care, uneasiness, disquiet, apprehension, fear, misgiving, perplexity, worry, vexation, trouble, pain, disquietude

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. anxietynoun

    Synonyms:
    solicitude, apprehension, disquietude, foreboding

    Antonyms:
    assurance, indifference, calmness, satisfaction, unconcern

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. anxiety

    Synonyms:
    Angst, psychasthenia, worry

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How to use anxiety in a sentence?

  1. Rodrigo Catril:

    COVID-19 anxiety has risen to a new level amid concerns of virus outbreaks in Beijing and outside of China.

  2. Dominik Bach:

    When we talk about reducing fear memory, we’re not talking about deleting the memory of what actually happened, the participants may not forget that they received a shock when the screen was red, but they ‘forget’ to be instinctively scared when they next see a red screen. Learning to fear threats is an important ability … helping us to avoid dangers. (But) over-prediction of threat can cause tremendous suffering and distress in anxiety disorders such as PTSD.

  3. George Dennison Prentice:

    What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.

  4. Tom Kennedy:

    The uncertainty is more anxiety-inducing than anything but I think once people understand what they need to do, you just have to get on with it and adapt and do what you can to muck through.

  5. Kathryn Lewis Ginebaugh:

    One of the things we've worked on with the RAs is how to have the conversations with the students so that it helps the students, if they have some internal stigma about getting help for an emotional difficulty, that they know it's OK. In fact, there is help available and a lot of students don't realize there are real, effective treatments for depression and anxiety.


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