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noun     anxiety pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a worried feeling you have because you think something bad might happen

    Too much caffeine can cause anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

    anxiety about/over:

    There was increasing anxiety over the outcome of the talks.

    1. a.
      a nervous or impatient feeling that you have because you want to do something very much or want it to happen very much
      anxiety to do something:

      their anxiety to do better than their competitors

  2. 2
    [countable] something that you are worried about

    We try not to communicate our anxieties to the children.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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