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anxiety (n.)

1520年代,"由危险、不幸或错误引起的忧虑,对一些不确定因素的心绪不安,对一些邪恶的不安恐惧",来自拉丁文 anxietatem (名词 anxietas )"痛苦、焦虑、忧虑",质量名词来自 anxius "不安、心绪不安"(见 anxious )。

有时被认为是一种病理状况(1660年代);精神病学的使用可以追溯到1904年。 Age of Anxiety ,来自奥登的诗(1947年)。对于"焦虑、苦恼",古英语有 angsumnes ,中英语有 anxumnesse

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Definitions of anxiety from WordNet

anxiety (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;
Synonyms: anxiousness
anxiety (n.)
a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune;
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