Anxiety

Etymology:

anxiety (n.)

1520s, from Latin anxietatem (nominative anxietas) “anguish, anxiety, solicitude,” noun of quality from anxius (see anxious). Psychiatric use dates to 1904. Age of Anxiety is from Auden’s poem (1947). For “anxiety, distress,” Old English had angsumnes, Middle English anxumnesse.

Common Usage:

“An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.”

Examples in Literature:

“ But in spite of this lowest-grade greeting, a look of anxiety and fear, as at the

sight of something too large and unsuited to the place, came over her face when she saw Pierre enter.”

~ War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

“ Those about whom there was the most anxiety were the Pope and the Venetians.”

~ The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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