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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
angst-filled poems
▪ a period of national angst
▪ a touching story of teenage angst
▪ Wallowing in angst about the unfairness of it all will just make the problem worse.
▪ And she nails the adolescent angst of budding love in all its raging hormonal hoo-ha.
▪ Buchanan has tapped into the wellspring of middle-class angst.
▪ She couldn't even feel resentful that he slept so peacefully after she had suffered a sleepless night of angst.
▪ The angst vanishes from his face and voice.
▪ This, of course, is another source of angst.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1944, from German Angst "neurotic fear, anxiety, guilt, remorse," from Old High German angust, from the root of anger. George Eliot used it (in German) in 1849, and it was popularized in English by translation of Freud's work, but as a foreign word until 1940s. Old English had a cognate word, angsumnes "anxiety," but it died out.


n. 1 emotion turmoil; painful sadness. 2 A feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially philosophy anxiety. vb. (context informal English) To suffer angst; to fret.


Angst means fear or anxiety ( anguish is its Latinate equivalent, and anxious, anxiety are of similar origin). The word angst was introduced into English from the Danish, Norwegian and Dutch word angst and the German word Angst. It is attested since the 19th century in English translations of the works of Kierkegaard and Freud. It is used in English to describe an intense feeling of apprehension, anxiety, or inner turmoil.

In German, the technical terminology of psychology and philosophy distinguishes between Angst and Furcht in that Furcht is a negative anticipation regarding a concrete threat, while Angst is a non-directional and unmotivated emotion. In common language, however, Angst is the normal word for "fear", while Furcht is an elevated synonym.

In other languages having the meaning of the Latin word pavor for "fear", the derived words differ in meaning, e.g. as in the French anxiété and peur. The word Angst has existed since the 8th century, from the Proto-Indo-European root*anghu-, "restraint" from which Old High Germanangust developed. It is pre-cognate with the Latin angustia, "tensity, tightness" and angor, "choking, clogging"; compare to the Ancient Greek ἄγχω (ankho) "strangle".

Angst (supermarket)

Angst is a supermarket chain of 19 stores in Romania. It has a range of 1,000 products, mainly foodstuffs. Angst is owned by a Swiss- Romanian joint venture. Angst operates mainly in Bucharest but is based in the town of Buftea, near the capital. It employs 670 people. The motto of Angst is Excelenţa face diferenţa ( Romanian for: "Excellence Makes the Difference").

Angst (KMFDM album)

Angst is the seventh album by industrial metal band KMFDM. It was released on October 13, 1993, on TVT/ Wax Trax! Records in the United States. The UK release on Roadrunner Records also included five remixes of "Light" from the " Light" single. It was recorded in Chicago, Illinois.

Angst (disambiguation)

Angst is an intense feeling of internal emotional strife.

Angst may also refer to:

Angst (soundtrack)

Angst is the seventeenth album by Klaus Schulze. It was originally released in 1984, and in 2005 was the fourteenth Schulze album reissued by Revisited Records. It is the soundtrack for the 1983 Austrian film of the same name. "Freeze" featured in the 1986 film Manhunter.

Angst (2000 film)

Angst is a 2000 black comedy written by Anthony O'Connor, directed by Daniel Nettheim and starring Sam Lewis, Jessica Napier, Justin Smith and Abi Tucker. It was shot in and around Sydney, Australia. The film was released in Australian theatres on 31 August 2000.

Angst (1983 film)

Angst (English: Fear) is a 1983 Austrian film. Written and directed by Gerald Kargl with cinematography by Academy Award winner Zbigniew Rybczyński, it tells the story of a psychopath recently released from prison and is loosely based on the mass murderer Werner Kniesek. Though little known, the film has received praise for its unconventional camera work and intense acting performances, particularly from actor Erwin Leder.

Angst (1976 film)

Angst is a 1976 Norwegian thriller film directed by Oddvar Bull Tuhus, starring Svein Scharffenberg and Eva Sevaldson. Tove (Sevaldson) is babysitting when she receives a threatening phone call.

Angst (1928 film)

Angst is a 1928 German- British silent drama film directed by Hans Steinhoff and starring Gustav Fröhlich, Henry Edwards and Elga Brink. It is based on the 1925 novella Fear by Stefan Zweig. The film was a co-production between Germany and Britain, with the British star Edwards included to give the work greater commercial appeal in the British Isles.

Angst (band)

Angst was an American band from San Francisco, California. In mid-1978, brothers Joseph Pope and Jon E. Risk formed their first punk rock group, the Instants, in Boulder, Colorado. The band gigged in the Denver/Boulder area before moving to England in late 1979 where they lasted only a few months. In 1980 Joseph and Jon then settled in San Francisco and formed Angst along with drummer Michael Hursey (later replaced by Andy Kaps).

Angst played their first show in mid-1981, and by the end of 1982 had contributed songs to Sub Pop (when it was still a cassette magazine) and the Alternative Tentacles/ Maximum RocknRoll compilation, Not So Quiet on the Western Front. From the outset the band gigged regularly in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and sometime in 1982 they played a show with the Middle Class and 100 Flowers in San Francisco. John Talley-Jones ( Urinals/100 Flowers) was impressed enough with the group that he offered to release a record for them on his label, Happy Squid Records. Angst traveled to Los Angeles shortly thereafter and recorded seven songs at Radio Tokyo studios (engineered by Ethan James) that would become their debut, eponymous 12”, released in 1983.

Though Angst played many venues with a wide variety of bands, the majority of their shows locally were within the punk/ hardcore scene. Their eclectic mix of punk, country, pop, 1960s garage, etc. was not particularly well received by the strict hardcore audiences of early 1980s San Francisco. Angst actively sought out and played with many of Los Angeles-based SST Records’ bands ( Minutemen, Saccharine Trust, Meat Puppets, Black Flag, et al.), and in 1984 was signed to the label by Joe Carducci, who subsequently produced the first two (of four) LPs that Angst recorded for the label (the latter LPs were produced by Vitus Matare of the Last).

After releasing their debut LP Lite Life in 1985, Angst began to play outside of California, and embarked on their first national tour. Over the next four years they toured America and Europe several times, as well as continuing to play regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, though they were never able to gain any kind of following in their own home town. By early 1989 the band had run its course, and broke up after their final European tour.

In later years, Angst would be cited by Black Francis/Frank Black of Pixies fame as a major influence upon his work. He covered “Some Things (I Can’t Get Used To)” on his Snake Oil LP, and wrote a tribute song to the band entitled simply “Angst” that appears on the UK-only CD release of “Robert Onion” as well as on the One More Road For The Hit collection of B-sides and rarities. When asked by Rolling Stone magazine what band he would like to see reunite, he stated: “Angst. I'm sure there are other bands called Angst, but this is an obscure one from SST in the mid-Eighties. They used to play at the Rathskeller in Boston -- that's where I first heard them. Then I bought all their records. They were a San Francisco trio -- high energy but not punk -- and they were very influential on the Pixies and on me. Lite Life is their best album -- good luck finding it”.

Angst (novel)

Angst (novel) (Russian: Страх) is a 2001 "erotic mysticism novel with a detective plot" by Oleg Postnov —a work that transgresses the genres, and yet the critics discern a panoply of literary and philosophical influences in the novel. The critics have claimed that Angst builds on the tradition of Pushkin's Queen of Spades, Gogol's (Russian: Вий and even on the writings of Jorge Luis Borges[8] Of course, the longer the list of the claimed influences, the more one questions the degree of any of the influences. Postnov's Angst took the first prize in the "Catch of 1999" Russian nationwide competition.[9]

Angst (surname)

Angst is the surname of:

  • Fritz Angst (1944-1976), German-language Swiss author better known as Fritz Zorn
  • Heinrich Angst (1915–1989), Swiss bobsledder
  • Jules Angst (born 1926), Swiss Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Zurich University
  • Max Angst (1921–2002), Swiss bobsledder
  • Randy Angst, American politician, member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004
  • Richard Angst (1905–1984), Swiss cinematographer

Usage examples of "angst".

Die Zunge hing ihm aus dem Maul, seine Augen waren toll vor Angst, und die fremden Hunde rannten dicht hinter ihm drein!

Sagtest du nicht, sie habe, als dein Volk Angst bekam und ihren Tod plante, Zwillinge geboren?

Gleiches zeugt Gleiches, sei es Gedanke oder Fleisch, und die Angst ist der Wein der Wut.

Vielleicht leitete ihn die fiebrige Hitze der Angst seiner Beute, so wie der Geruch des Hasen die Hunde leitet.

Angst, er hatte verzweifelte Angst vor dem, was sie von ihm glauben mochten.

Frau, die jahrelang wie sein eigen Kind gewesen war, Angst vor ihm haben konnte.

Zeit dahinrast wie ein in Angst geratenes Pferd, das alles niedertrampelt, ist Pwyll alt geworden und gestorben.

Staunen oder Angst oder Scheu, so, wie sie es am ersten Tag ihres Lebens getan hatte, als Goewyn sie in den Pflichten einer Ehefrau unterwiesen hatte.

Narr und Feigling, wenn ich jetzt aus Angst umkehrte, wo ich zuvor nicht aus Liebe oder Ehre umkehren wollte?

Jedes Schwanken von ihm versetzte ihn in Angst, jede Notwendigkeit, seinen Willen anzustrengen, um seine schwachen Schwingen zu regen und zu einem anderen Zweig zu fliegen.

Aber nicht die Angst, die Gwydion erwartet hatte: kein widerwilliges Begreifen.

Sie kannten ihn, erkannten sein Gesicht ohne jeden Zweifel: das Grauen, das sie trieb, sichtbar geworden, ihre Angst in leibhaftiger Gestalt.

All ihr Verlangen nach ihm war tot: ertrunken in der Flut ihrer Angst um sich selbst.

Selbst Goronwy war vergessen, untergegangen in ihrer Angst um sich selbst.

Campaign Bloat is at the root of this hellish angst that boils up to obscure my vision every time I try to write anything serious about presidential politics.