noun ( pl. anxieties )
a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome: he felt a surge of anxiety | anxieties about the moral decline of today’s youth.
• [ with infinitive ] desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease: the housekeeper’s eager anxiety to please.
• Psychiatry a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.
ORIGIN early 16th cent.: from French anxiété or Latin anxietas, from anxius (see anxious) .