Anxiety
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. [1913 Webster]

2. Eager desire. --J. D. Forbes [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) A state of restlessness and agitation, often with general indisposition and a distressing sense of oppression at the epigastrium. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Care; solicitude; foreboding; uneasiness; perplexity; disquietude; disquiet; trouble; apprehension; restlessness. See {Care}. [1913 Webster]


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