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anxiety


She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
  nervousness or worry
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Anxiety is often in anticipation of an ill-defined misfortune. In the form, "anxious", the word also often means to be eager for something to happen (as in "anxious to finish the job"). "Anxiety" may also refer to a diagnosed medical condition caused by prolonged, severe worry.
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  • She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
  • It is a vicious cycle in which worry leads to a drop in the stock market and the drop in the stock market leads to increased anxiety.
  • Researchers pinpointed another gene, this time on chromosome 17, that appears to play a role in regulating anxiety.
  • Mother was half wild with anxiety when at last the three children turned up at Three Chimneys,
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children

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  • —a man’s own son, which he has had all the trouble and all the anxiety and all the expense of raising.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • She thought about the anxiety coming here had caused her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • But such was her anxiety for her daughter that she could not rid herself completely of her fear.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Ron’s nerves were already stretched to the breaking point with anxiety about Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • He felt a churning inside him, a stop-start anxiety.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • You have had every care and anxiety upon yourself alone.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • He spoke cheerfully, and if he felt any great anxiety, he did not show it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • As evening approached, my anxiety grew.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I closed my eyes, turned off my anxiety, and prayed.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • I have had so much trouble and anxiety of late that I feel I cannot bear more just at present.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The crystal merchant awoke with the day, and felt the same anxiety that he felt every morning.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • He looked up, and saw the anxiety on my face.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Now Juana had the baby under her shawl, and she stared at it with anxiety and fear.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Realize that the tension and the headache are anxiety reactions.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • I was surprised at the amount of anxiety this caused me, at how much I didn’t want him hurt.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I could not conceal my anxiety, and at length determined to follow him.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • As I continued my chores, my anxiety grew.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • I felt more peaceful, but I didn’t forget my anxieties.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Caspian and Edmund grew white with sickening anxiety.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • I could feel her anxiety strongly; though quite why she should be so worried was not, at first, clear to me.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • a great anxiety will be off my mind if I know the children are safe with you.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • All day Sonia had been waiting for him in terrible anxiety.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • I felt sorry for the old man because people just don’t go around smiling like that all the time unless they’re mentally unbalanced or harboring extreme anxiety.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • It will be splendid to have heaps of money and not need to have any anxiety, won’t it?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • there was nothing for him to do but wait; and, oppressed with anxiety and self-reproach, he began to crawl about,
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • I have one anxiety, what will it cost?
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Marguerite tried not to look at Brogard, lest she should betray before him the burning anxiety with which she waited for his reply.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Her voice had taken on anxiety;
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • it is better for your patient to be filled with anxiety or hope (it doesn’t much matter which) about this war than for him to be living in the present.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • A new anxiety began to trouble me.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Despite my growing anxiety, it was glorious up here.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • You mistrust your wife; you have concealed the anxiety with which you watch the development of this experiment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • The anxieties of common life began soon to succeed to the alarms of romance.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • and to this was soon added some anxiety at the perception that Sarah’s manner towards him began to exhibit a strange fluctuation between an effort at an increased manifestation of regard and involuntary signs of shrinking and dislike.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • During the first years at Tuskegee I recall that night after night I would roll and toss on my bed, without sleep, because of the anxiety and uncertainty which we were in regarding money.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • The anxiety was baseless. If anyone had become harmless at that time it was the aging and disillusioned Colonel Aureliano Buendia,
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Startled as she was, Alice was more frightened for him than for herself at the moment, and watched him with some anxiety as he mounted again.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • But the anxiety remained inside him, like a wound that did not close.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • said Mrs. Moss, with some anxiety.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • In their anxiety they knock over a lamp.
    August Wilson  --  The Piano Lesson
  • But as soon as her long tapered back had receded down the hall and out the double-locked double doors, we were overcome by gloom shot through with anxiety:
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • It took me a moment to overcome my anxiety and to be able to enjoy his humor.
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • The simple act of cutting tomatoes with her by his side eased some of the anxiety he’d felt up to this point.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • Swann could not without anxiety ask himself what Odette would mean to him in the years that were to come.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Troy had laughed, but it was with some anxiety that he said...
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • it was just possible, he thought, that a year without anxiety might save this man’s soul.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
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