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panic

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adjective pan·ic \ˈpa-nik\

Definition of panic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or resembling the mental or emotional state believed induced by the god Pan <panic fear>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or arising from a panic <panic buying>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to the god Pan



Origin of panic

French panique, from Greek panikos, literally, of Pan, from Pan


First Known Use: 1603

Rhymes with panic


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panic

noun pan·ic

Simple Definition of panic

  • : a state or feeling of extreme fear that makes someone unable to act or think normally

  • : a situation that causes many people to become afraid and to rush to do something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of panic

  1. 1 a :  a sudden overpowering fright; also :  acute extreme anxiety b :  a sudden unreasoning terror often accompanied by mass flight <widespread panic in the streets> c :  a sudden widespread fright concerning financial affairs that results in a depression of values caused by extreme measures for protection of property (as securities)

  2. 2 slang :  one that is very funny

panicky play \ˈpa-ni-kē\ adjective

Examples of panic in a sentence

  1. He was in a panic when he realized how late he was.

  2. There's no reason to get into a panic.

  3. The villagers fled in panic from the approaching army.

  4. The crowd was in a state of panic.

  5. She has panic attacks whenever she has to speak in public.



Did You Know?

Panic comes to us from French panique, which in turn derives from Greek panikos, meaning literally "of Pan." Pan is the pipe-playing, nymph-chasing Greek god of fertility, pastures, flocks, and shepherds. (His name is a Doric contraction of paon, meaning "pasturer.") He also has a rather dark side - his shout is said to have instilled fear in the giants fighting the gods, and the Greeks believed him responsible for causing the Persians to flee in terror at the battle of Marathon. Panic entered our language first as an adjective suggesting the mental or emotional state that Pan was said to induce. The adjective first appeared in print at the beginning of the 17th century, and the noun followed about a century later.

1708

First Known Use of panic

1708

Synonym Discussion of panic

fear, dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, trepidation mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger. fear is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage <fear of the unknown>. dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety <faced the meeting with dread>. fright implies the shock of sudden, startling fear <fright at being awakened suddenly>. alarm suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger <view the situation with alarm>. panic implies unreasoning and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity <the news caused widespread panic>. terror implies the most extreme degree of fear <immobilized with terror>. trepidation adds to dread the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation <raised the subject with trepidation>.

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panic

verb pan·ic

Simple Definition of panic

  • : to be overcome with extreme fear : to be affected by panic

  • : to cause (a person or animal) to feel extreme fear : to cause (a person or animal) to feel panic

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of panic

panicked play \-nikt\ panicking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to affect with panic

  3. 2 :  to cause to laugh uproariously <panic an audience with a gag>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to be affected with panic

Examples of panic in a sentence

  1. If something goes wrong, don't panic.

  2. The deer, panicked by the headlights, ran in front of the car.



1827

First Known Use of panic

1827



PANIC Defined for Kids

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panic

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noun pan·ic \ˈpa-nik\

Definition of panic for Students

  1. :  a sudden overpowering fear often without reasonable cause <… it didn't matter … that she was a good swimmer because … in her panic she swallowed water … — Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean>



History for panic

One of the many gods in the mythology of ancient Greece was named Pan. He was the god of shepherds and of woods and pastures. The Greeks believed that he often wandered peacefully through the woods, playing a pipe, but when accidentally awakened from his noontime nap he could give a great shout that would cause flocks to stampede. From this aspect of Pan's nature Greek authors derived the word panikon, “sudden fear,” the ultimate source of English panic.


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panic

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verb pan·ic

Definition of panic for Students

panickedpanicking

  1. :  to feel or cause to feel sudden overpowering fear




Medical Dictionary

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panic

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noun pan·ic \ˈpan-ik\

Medical Definition of panic

  1. 1:  a sudden overpowering fright; also :  acute extreme anxiety

  2. 2:  a sudden unreasoning terror often accompanied by mass flight <widespread panic in the streets>




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panic

verb pan·ic

Medical Definition of panic

panicked \-ikt\play ; panicking

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to affect with panic

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to be affected with panic





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