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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
quiver of fear/anxiety/anticipation etc
▪ I felt a quiver of excitement run through me.
relieve anxiety
▪ We offer patients a gentle massage to help relieve anxiety.
▪ These sensations are the first acute symptoms of anxiety, often leading to hyperventilation and to the initiation of catastrophic panic thoughts.
▪ Patients taking Ativan and Valium for long periods may suffer acute anxiety when they stop.
▪ He suffered, like Vincent, from depressive attacks, of a kind now seen as indicating acute anxiety neurosis.
▪ It is not and an acute anxiety attack will not harm you.
▪ Nevertheless, there was considerable anxiety among advisers that they would not be adequately prepared for the changeover.
▪ It was an intimidating prospect, and I arrived at the deacons' meeting with considerable anxiety.
▪ Yet solicitors had considerable anxieties about aspects of the preparations for this drastic re-engineering of the civil justice system.
▪ The menopause is an experience which causes many women considerable anxiety.
▪ On the other hand, the vulnerability of such old people creates considerable anxiety.
▪ These mystics are aware that the religious demands of the Church could induce a deep anxiety, which Luther certainly experienced.
▪ Performance and Motivation Deep emotions and anxieties emerge during periods of fundamental change.
▪ But as he talks at his bench at South Bank University in London his eyes betray deep anxiety and sadness.
▪ Then all of a sudden my enthusiasm had been replaced with deep anxiety and apprehension for what actually lay ahead of me.
▪ Real and deep anxieties were aired.
▪ Nevertheless, the product of the optimism is greater anxiety for parent and child when these ideals are not met.
▪ She had also expressed great anxiety as to who was to compensate her for the loss of her fences and crop.
▪ Nausea of vomiting or retching with great anxiety.
▪ She was manifesting a great deal of anxiety about separation.
▪ Then began a day of great anxiety, to put it mildly.
▪ The whole operation caused Mrs Singh a great deal of anxiety.
▪ Puzzlement outside the country has been matched by even greater anxiety within it.
▪ Sufferers show greater signs of anxiety and stress, though whether this is cause or effect is disputed.
▪ This might be a typical presentation of acute hyperventilation caused by rapid shallow breathing during moments of high anxiety.
▪ But in her current state of high anxiety, she will believe anything.
▪ Anticipating extremely high levels of anxiety, the person no longer encounters the original situation of the supermarket.
▪ The weather is perfect and we are now experienced enough mushers to be able to enjoy the high speeds without anxiety.
▪ Patients experience high anxiety levels at time of admission to hospital.
▪ Such old people customarily exhibit behaviour which is extraordinarily difficult to tolerate and which raises a high level of anxiety.
▪ In general, ministers are willing to be flexible to ensure that they can counter criticism arising from immediate public anxieties.
▪ They also touched a nerve of public anxiety.
▪ Basically they become terrified of having another anxiety attack.
▪ Co-trainer Lou Duva said he thought his fighter had a seizure or anxiety attack.
▪ It is not and an acute anxiety attack will not harm you.
▪ Take this quiz if you think you may have anxiety attacks.
▪ Derek, who suffered an anxiety attack, was taken to Sunderland hospital but released after a check-up.
▪ He also told her about his anxiety attacks and obsessive hand-washing.
▪ In any particular organization individuals bring in these anxieties from their inner, phantasy worlds.
▪ For Peckham, like many researchers, there is the additional concern that it may bring people more anxiety than help.
▪ They bring anxiety about venues and dates into what is essentially a calm and anxiety-free activity.
▪ However experienced and confident staff normally feel, subjecting their professional work to open scrutiny brings anxiety.
▪ In fact, it could well be that his knowledge of her return to Eastlake had brought about her present anxieties.
▪ Recently it seems to have been bringing him out in anxiety attacks once again.
▪ But admirable as this bonmot may be, the widespread use of the necessary techniques is causing some anxiety.
▪ A failed attempt to relax at bedtime causes more anxiety and can condition you to associate relaxation techniques with insomnia.
▪ In the absence of a direct threat to order the public opinion which had caused Loris-Melikov such anxiety appeared powerless.
▪ They drew our attention, the tension within him causing me anxiety.
▪ But until about 1530 these developments do not seem to have caused any serious anxiety.
▪ Not being able to fall asleep quickly causes such anxiety that their bodies are aroused to the point that sleep becomes impossible.
▪ Her own health suffered greatly, which caused Mozart much anxiety.
▪ The more you try to control something that can not be controlled, the more your body is aroused, causing anxiety.
▪ This is the part of the counselling process which many dislike because it necessarily creates stress and anxiety in the counsellee.
▪ All admitted that the decision to accept promotion created some anxiety and ambivalence.
▪ The therapist is therefore looking for situations which create anxiety in the client.
▪ There is probably no curricular subject that creates as much anxiety for parents as writing, and this is no surprise.
▪ Alcohol can create depression, anxiety, confusion, and psychoses.
▪ All these situations create anxiety which the client then has to cope with.
▪ On the other hand, the vulnerability of such old people creates considerable anxiety.
▪ And yet that only should be able to stimulate dreams, create anxiety.
▪ It is necessary to experience anxiety, pain, and death because we are alive.
▪ When writing, you probably experience the same anxieties, ranging from irritation to frustration to outrage.
▪ Patients experience high anxiety levels at time of admission to hospital.
▪ In another situation we encountered a young woman, Colleen, who was experiencing anxiety during her thirty-second week of pregnancy.
▪ With the departure of her cellmate, Fourth Aunt experienced the anxieties of loneliness.
▪ The Commission expresses its anxiety that the proposed syllabus in the revised music curriculum allows less time than hitherto for choral music.
▪ She had also expressed great anxiety as to who was to compensate her for the loss of her fences and crop.
▪ After that I felt free to express my anxieties more openly.
▪ Omar expressed anxiety that we might be attacked as we withdrew from Bahdu, but Ali Wali guaranteed our safety.
▪ In this poem the poet is expressing an anxiety about the modern day church.
▪ Some members have expressed anxiety that the Sheriff Court Districts have not yet been made known or published.
▪ He expressed anxiety about the public accountability of the funding council, and in particular who was to look after the strategic planning.
▪ Bertha Cohen felt his anxiety and shared it.
▪ You might feel anxiety, confusion, curiosity, or even anger.
▪ It was his first sight of his grandson and he felt a pang of anxiety as he looked down at him.
▪ Some people feel anxiety very often and very intensely.
▪ He spoke of the feeling of dread and anxiety throughout farming.
▪ They can allow themselves to feel them without undue anxiety.
▪ If a good relationship exists, the student should feel able to discuss anxieties and problems which may interfere with learning.
▪ I felt a terrible anxiety creeping over me.
▪ Individual and group exercise programmes promote mobility and confidence, helping to diffuse anxiety and aggression.
▪ As more women worked outside the home everywhere, they could not help sensing an increasing anxiety among men.
▪ She was able to help him share his anxiety about the risk of moving, and this made it more manageable.
▪ Julie had been very sympathetic, which had helped to soothe the anxiety about her job.
▪ But a victory over Manchester City at Maine Road today would help clear all their anxieties away.
▪ The company which produces the pain control cassette also produces a tape to help relieve anxiety.
▪ Belinda watched her, smiling at first because Faye really did seem pleased about the present, then with increasing anxiety.
▪ As more women worked outside the home everywhere, they could not help sensing an increasing anxiety among men.
▪ So as time goes on they watch their balloon with increasing anxiety.
▪ Now this is an area of increasing anxiety.
▪ Admission and discharge dates and visits by relatives together with court appearances will also at time increase the anxieties of residents.
▪ That increased his anxiety: having planted two acres of millet, he had been looking forward to a good harvest.
▪ But study stints that are too short will merely increase your anxiety.
▪ Gradually he had started to reject food which had increased her level of anxiety and gained him more attention.
▪ They reduce uncertainty and hence anxiety about the future.
▪ Often, just listening reduces these anxieties, and the anxieties can be reframed as normal responses to being pregnant.
▪ Women choosing surgery had significantly reduced levels of anxiety while those who declined had no such reduction.
▪ The report found that moderate exercise reduces the risk of premature death and promotes psychological well-being by reducing depression and anxiety.
▪ This helped to reduce anxiety about having sufficient energy to last through one's duty period.
▪ At low to moderate doses, these drugs significantly reduce anxiety without impairing or disrupting other brain systems.
▪ Insomnia is treated by reassurance that sleep will improve when weight is regained and by behavioural techniques that also reduce anxiety.
▪ Passion flower is employed around the world as a mild sedative that reduces nervous tension and anxiety.
▪ To relieve anxiety about funeral costs, we will introduce a funeral payment of £600, available on request.
▪ And as they get older, they do everything conceivable to relieve that anxiety of that closeness.
▪ Free discussion about attitudes to a problem will relieve anxiety, and mutual support can be obtained.
▪ Containment relieves anxiety about strong feelings and impulses getting out of control.
▪ This will go some way towards relieving the anxiety of those who felt that the fine and reprimands were far too limp.
▪ She had not been able to imagine why she should be suffering those anxiety attacks for so long.
▪ Marquette lived up to pledges he wrote years before this passage, when he had promised never to suffer fear or anxiety.
▪ Patients taking Ativan and Valium for long periods may suffer acute anxiety when they stop.
▪ I thought I was suffering from generalized anxiety and depression.
▪ Derek, who suffered an anxiety attack, was taken to Sunderland hospital but released after a check-up.
▪ Some students suffer from excessive anxiety, which produces sleeplessness which in turn aggravates the anxiety.
▪ These immediate-return hunter-gatherers never suffer anxiety about the future of food supplies and are characterized by improvident, generous, happy-go-lucky personalities.
▪ feelings of guilt and anxiety
▪ Her anxiety about the pain of childbirth is understandable.
▪ I knew I had to give a speech, but the thought filled me with anxiety.
▪ the anxieties of parenthood
▪ The increase in the tax on heating fuel is causing a lot of anxiety among elderly people.
▪ Each one had identified a list of successes to call up and share with the other when anxiety threatened.
▪ His feelings of anger were accompanied by feelings of anxiety and concern.
▪ It was his first sight of his grandson and he felt a pang of anxiety as he looked down at him.
▪ Not only does anxiety feel different, but at a purely neurological level, it is different.
▪ On the other hand, the vulnerability of such old people creates considerable anxiety.
▪ She could readily imagine his feelings of guilt and self-disgust, and his anxiety to lay the blame at Bella's door.
▪ The prevention of stress and anxiety has already been discussed in Chapter 3.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anxiety \Anx*i"e*ty\, n.; pl. Anxieties. [L. anxietas, fr. anxius: cf. F. anxi['e]t['e]. See Anxious.]

  1. Concern or solicitude respecting some thing or event, future or uncertain, which disturbs the mind, and keeps it in a state of painful uneasiness.

  2. Eager desire.
    --J. D. Forbes

  3. (Med.) A state of restlessness and agitation, often with general indisposition and a distressing sense of oppression at the epigastrium.

    Syn: Care; solicitude; foreboding; uneasiness; perplexity; disquietude; disquiet; trouble; apprehension; restlessness. See Care.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


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

  1. n. a relatively permanent state of anxiety occurring in a variety of mental disorders [syn: anxiousness]

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


Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints, and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death. Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat, whereas anxiety is the expectation of future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, uneasiness, and worry, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing. It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder.

People facing anxiety may withdraw from situations which have provoked anxiety in the past. There are various types of anxiety. Existential anxiety can occur when a person faces angst, an existential crisis, or nihilistic feelings. People can also face mathematical anxiety, somatic anxiety, stage fright, or test anxiety. Social anxiety and stranger anxiety are caused when people are apprehensive around strangers or other people in general. Furthermore, anxiety has been linked with physical symptoms such as IBS and can heighten other mental health illnesses such as OCD and panic disorder.

Anxiety can be either a short term "state" or a long term " trait". Whereas trait anxiety represents worrying about future events, close to the concept of neuroticism, anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by feelings of anxiety and fear. Anxiety disorders are partly genetic but may also be due to drug use, including alcohol, caffeine, and benzodiazepines (which are often prescribed to treat anxiety), as well as withdrawal from drugs of abuse. They often occur with other mental disorders, particularly bipolar disorder, eating disorders, major depressive disorder, or certain personality disorders. Common treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication, and therapy.

Anxiety (Smile Empty Soul album)

Anxiety'' is the second album by the post-grunge music group Smile Empty Soul. The album was scheduled to be released in the fall of 2005 via Lava Records, but after numerous push-backs due to heavy protest from religious groups (mainly in regards to the proposed lead single "Holes") the label scrapped the album and Smile Empty Soul departed. Though Lava chose not to release the album, they would not allow the band to on their own, as they owned the rights to the music. In 2008, the band was to finally able to officially release Anxiety through their own label, MRAfia Records. On March 9, 2010, Anxiety was re-released under F.O.F Label Group titled "More Anxiety''". In addition to Anxiety tracks and the MRAfia Version bonus tracks, it also included a re-designed album cover art, a bonus DVD and "Hidden Track" (This is War [2009 Remix]). There is also another variation of More Anxiety that contained another bonus track "Aneurysm" in addition to the previous More Anxiety released by F.O.F. Label Group. This variant was available for free download for those who donated to Smile Empty Soul Feeds the Hunger sponsored by Groupees.

The song "Don't Need You" peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Anxiety (film)

Anxiety is a 1998 Portuguese drama film directed by Manoel de Oliveira. It was screened out of competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the Portuguese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

Anxiety (Ladyhawke album)

Anxiety is the second studio album by New Zealand recording artist Ladyhawke, released on 25 May 2012 by Modular Recordings. It was recorded in early 2011 with long-time collaborator Pascal Gabriel, who co-wrote all tracks on the album. "Black White & Blue" was released as the album's lead single on 24 January 2012, followed by "Sunday Drive" on 9 April 2012 and "Blue Eyes" on 16 July 2012.

Anxiety (painting)

Anxiety is an oil-on-canvas painting created by the expressionist artist Edvard Munch in 1894. It's currently housed in Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. Many art critics feel that Anxiety is closely related to Munch’s more famous piece, The Scream. The faces show despair and the dark colors show a depressed state. Many critics also believe it’s meant to show heartbreak and sorrow, which are common emotions all people feel.

Anxiety (1953 film)

Anxiety (Spanish: Ansiedad) is a 1953 Mexican musical drama film directed by Miguel Zacarías and starring Pedro Infante, Libertad Lamarque and Irma Dorantes.

Usage examples of "anxiety".

The experience of hearing other women relive abusive experiences gave this patient acute anxiety attacks.

On a burning evening in May I rode out beyond the city gates along the banks of the Orontes to meet the small group so worn by anxiety, fever, and fatigue: the ailing emperor, Attianus, and the women.

It came from the alcoholism, the anxiety and the fear, and I could never get enough.

When I had allayed his anxiety, he left us on some business of his own, saying that he would return at night-fall.

Under any other circumstances, the latter would have tried to dissipate the increasing sadness of the young girl, who said no more to him after he repulsed her amicable anxiety.

While he was answering with much wit some jokes of the count, I kept looking at him with some anxiety, but he came up to me and embraced me warmly.

We moved then to the question of how her aphonia, which I had wrongly thought at first to be connected to her anxiety about speaking a foreign language3 while temporarily removed from the company of the man she loved.

This undergraduate certainty of success gives rise to anxieties, foremost being the autobiography or apologia pro vita sua the poet someday has to write.

So he and the Armorer, despite their worry, anxiety and anger, tucked into the luncheon in the private room of the stern-wheeler.

Underneath he seethed with anxiety about the mysteries of destiny and Arneis, which seemed to be where they were bound to go.

Robert Gottlieb, for critical judgment and extended endurance of auctorial anxieties on the telephone.

When Auntie, not without anxiety, asked him whether he had delivered his speech and what the reaction had been, Vasily Petrovich could not restrain the proud smile that flashed radiantly beneath his pince-nez.

Perhaps it was the sudden, dramatic change from agonising anxiety to peace and security which had been too much for Ellen--yes, that was what was the matter with her, that and the universal excitement about these Avenger murders, which were shaking the nerves of all London.

The boy squatted in front of his master in the shade of the awning and watched him eat with a tender anxiety.

There was more waiting to banditry than Cathan had thought, and his restlessness grew to anxiety, even with the training at arms his fellows gave him.