An unpleasant state of mental uneasiness, nervousness, apprehension and obsession or concern about some uncertain event. (noun)
An uneasy or distressing desire (for something). (noun)
A state of restlessness and agitation, often accompanied by a distressing sense of oppression or tightness in the stomach. (noun)
Examples of word anxiety
In the case of emotionally induced stress, the term anxiety will serve just as well.
In the foregoing definitions, I have used the term anxiety more or less interchangeably with the term stress.
The joy, obviously, outweighs the anxiety – by volumes it outweighs the anxiety – but the anxiety is always, always there, lurking in the dark corners and bursting into the light when I least expect it, casting shadows, imposing a chill.
I'm hoping it's not sophistry to argue that this anxiety is the point.
I think that the deciding factor in this election will be what I call the anxiety factor.