Angst vs Anguish - What's the difference?
Angst is a related term of anguish.
As nouns the difference between angst and anguish
is that angst
is a feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially
philosophical anxiety while anguish
is extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.
As verbs the difference between angst and anguish
is that angst
is (informal) to suffer angst; to fret while anguish
is to suffer pain.
Emotional turmoil; painful sadness.
* 1979 , Peter Hammill, Mirror images
* 2007 , Martyn Bone, Perspectives on Barry Hannah (page 3)
- I've begun to regret that we'd ever met / Between the dimensions. / It gets such a strain to pretend that the change / Is anything but cheap. / With your infant pique and your angst pretensions / Sometimes you act like such a creep.
A feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially philosophical anxiety.
- Harry's adolescence is theatrical and gaudy, and many of its key scenes have a lurid and camp quality that is appropriate to the exaggerated mood-shifting and self-dramatizing of teen angst .
* angst bunny, angstbunny
(informal) To suffer angst; to fret.
* 2001 , Joseph P Natoli, Postmodern Journeys: Film and Culture, 1996-1998
* 2006 , Liz Ireland, Three Bedrooms in Chelsea
- In the second scene, the camera switches to the father listening, angsting , dying inside, but saying nothing.
- She'd never angsted so much about her head as she had in the past twenty-four hours. Why the hell hadn't she just left it alone?
Extreme pain, either of body or mind; excruciating distress.
* Bible, Exodus vi. 9
- But they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.
* 1889 , :
- Ye miserable people, you must go to God in anguishes , and make your prayer to him.
- A terrible scream—a prolonged yell of horror and anguish —burst out of the silence of the moor. That frightful cry turned the blood to ice in my veins.
* agony, calvary, cross, pang, torture, torment
* See also:
To suffer pain.
* (rfdate) 1900s , Kl. Knigge, Iceland Folk Song , traditional, Harmony: H. Ruland
To cause to suffer pain.
- We’re leaving these shores for our time has come, the days of our youth must now end. The hearts bitter anguish , it burns for the home that we’ll never see again.