la zozobra
-the anxiety
See the entry for zozobra.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (stress)
a. anxiety
No sé como ayudarla a calmar la zozobra que siente.I don't know how to help her deal with the anxiety she's feeling.
b. uneasiness
Nunca olvidaré la zozobra que experimenté cuando vi a Manuel con su hijastra.I shall never forget the uneasiness I felt when I saw Manuel with his stepdaughter.
c. worry
Al oír las balas, la zozobra se apoderó de nosotros.When we heard the shots, we were seized with worry.
d. jumpiness
Esta noticia ha generado zozobra entre los comerciantes del barrio.This piece of news has caused jumpiness among shopkeepers in the area.
2. (immersion)
a. sinking
La zozobra del transatlántico fue totalmente inesperada.The sinking of the liner was completely unexpected.
b. capsizing
Los pasajeros del barco conocen el plan de emergencia en caso de zozobra.The passengers on the boat are aware of the emergency procedures in the event of its capsizing.
3. (destruction)
a. ruin
Las adicciones del artista lo llevaron a su zozobra.The artist's addictions led to his ruin.
A word or phrase that is only used by experts, professionals, or academics in a particular field (e.g. exposition).
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Sigue el estado de zozobra en la mar.The seas are still heavy.
La fuerte zozobra amenazaba con hundir la embarcación.The vessel risked being sunk in the heavy winds.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (inquietud)
a. anxiety, worry
2. (naufragio)
a. sinking
3. (de empresa, planes)
a. ruin, end
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1 (Náutica) capsizing; overturning
2 (inquietud) worry; anxiety; (nerviosismo) jumpiness
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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