panic, terror, affright(noun)
an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events
"panic in the stock market"; "a war scare"; "a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building"
be overcome by a sudden fear
"The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away"
cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic
"The mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners"
Overpowering fright, often affecting groups of people or animals.
Rapid reduction in asset prices due to broad efforts to raise cash in anticipation of continuing decline in asset prices.
To feel overwhelming fear.
Pertaining to the god Pan.
Of fear, fright etc: sudden or overwhelming (attributed by the ancient Greeks to the influence of Pan).
Origin: From panique, from πανικός. Pan is the god of woods and fields who was the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious, groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots.
a plant of the genus Panicum; panic grass; also, the edible grain of some species of panic grass
extreme or sudden and causeless; unreasonable; -- said of fear or fright; as, panic fear, terror, alarm
a sudden, overpowering fright; esp., a sudden and groundless fright; terror inspired by a trifling cause or a misapprehension of danger; as, the troops were seized with a panic; they fled in a panic
by extension: A sudden widespread fright or apprehension concerning financial affairs
Origin: [L. panicum.]
Panic is a sudden sensation of fear which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic fight-or-flight reaction. Panic may occur singularly in individuals or manifest suddenly in large groups as mass panic. The word panic derives from the Greek πανικός, "pertaining to shepherd god Pan", who took amusement from frightening herds of goats and sheep into sudden bursts of uncontrollable fear. The ancient Greeks credited the battle of Marathon's victory to Pan, using his name for the frenzied, frantic fear exhibited by the fleeing enemy soldiers. Prehistoric men used mass panic as a technique when hunting animals, especially ruminants. Herds reacting to unusually strong sounds or unfamiliar visual effects were directed towards cliffs, where they eventually jumped to their deaths when cornered. Humans are also vulnerable to panic and it is often considered infectious, in the sense one person's panic may easily spread to other people nearby and soon the entire group acts irrationally, but people also have the ability to prevent and/or control their own and others' panic by disciplined thinking or training. Architects and city planners try to accommodate the symptoms of panic, such as herd behavior, during design and planning, often using simulations to determine the best way to lead people to a safe exit and prevent congestion. The most effective methods are often non-intuitive. A tall column, approximately 1 ft in diameter, placed in front of the door exit at a precisely calculated distance, may speed up the evacuation of a large room by up to 30%, as the obstacle divides the congestion well ahead of the choke point.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pan′ik, n. extreme or sudden fright: great terror without any visible ground or foundation: a state of terror about investments produced by some startling collapse in credit, impelling men to rush and sell what they possess.—adj. of the nature of a panic: extreme or sudden: imaginary.—adj. Pan′icky (coll.), inclined to panic or sudden terror, affected by financial panic.—n. Pan′ic-mong′er, one who creates panics.—adjs. Pan′ic-strick′en, Pan′ic-struck, struck with a panic or sudden fear. [Orig. an adj.; Gr. panikon (deima), 'panic' (fear), from panikos, belonging to Pan, god of the woods.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A state of extreme acute, intense anxiety and unreasoning fear accompanied by disorganization of personality function.
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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Panic' in Nouns Frequency: #2025
The numerical value of Panic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Panic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It made our hair stand up in panic fear.
Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic and it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation.
Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.
The central crisis committee agreed to raise security at selected state institutions, mainly ministries, and raise protection at other places, we do not want to raise panic but ... we need to adopt these security measures.
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. Learning to suspend your imagination and live completely in the very second of the present with no before and no after is the greatest gift a soldier can acquire.
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Translations for Panic
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- خوف, ذعر, رعب, هلعArabic
- panika, panikařitCzech
- πανικός, πανικοβάλλομαιGreek
- pánico, aterrarseSpanish
- maoimScottish Gaelic
- 恐慌, パニックJapanese
- 恐慌, 공황Korean
- ił hóóyééʼNavajo, Navaho
- panika, panikowaćPolish
- a se panicaRomanian
- паника, паниковатьRussian
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