(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. care, anxiety, mental anguish, uneasiness, fear, apprehension; concern, misgiving. —v. tease, plague, vex; disturb, fret, upset; torment, torture, trouble, bait, badger; maul, chew, mangle; get gray hairs. See malevolence, discontent, care.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A state of anxiety]
Syn. anxiety, uneasiness, apprehension, concern; see anxiety , care 2 , distress 1 .
2. [A cause of worry]
Syn. problem, upset, disturbance; fear 2 , trouble 2 .
See Synonym Study at care . v.
1. [To cause worry]
Syn. annoy, trouble, bother, bug*; see depress 2 , disturb 2 .
2. [To indulge in worry]
Syn. fret, chafe, grieve, take to heart, break one's heart, worry oneself, have qualms, despair, wince, agonize, writhe, suffer, turn gray with worry, be anxious, become sick with worry, stew, sweat out*; see also bother 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
anxiety, distress, troubled mind, disturbance, apprehension, uneasiness, misgiving, uncertainty, concern, disquiet, trepidation, care. Interest paid on trouble before it becomes due.''—William Inge.
ANT.: peace of mind, reassurance, tranquility
distress, trouble, disturb, make apprehensive, make uneasy, concern, disquiet, fill with trepidation, gnaw at, perturb, fill with dread.
ANT.: calm, soothe, reassure
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To cause anxious uneasiness in: ail, cark, concern, distress, trouble. See CONCERN. 2. To disturb by repeated attacks: annoy, bait, bedevil, beleaguer, beset, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease, torment. See FEELINGS, PAIN. 3. To focus the attention on something moodily and at length: brood, cark, dwell, fret, mope. Informal: stew. See CONCERN, THOUGHTS. II noun 1. A troubled or anxious state of mind: angst, anxiety, anxiousness, care, concern, disquiet, disquietude, distress, nervousness, solicitude, unease, uneasiness. See FEELINGS. 2. A cause of distress or anxiety: care, concern, trouble. See CONCERN.

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