Definition of anxious seat in English:

anxious seat


historical US Christian Church
  • (At an evangelical revival meeting) a seat, located near the front of the congregation, on which those with a troubled conscience or otherwise in need of spiritual guidance are encouraged to sit; frequently figurative in "on the anxious seat": in a state of anxiety.

    Particularly associated with the revivalist preacher Charles G. Finney (1792–1875).


Early 19th century.