What does panic mean?

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ˈpæn ɪkpan·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. panic, terror, affright(noun)

    an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety

  2. panic, scare(verb)

    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"

  3. panic(verb)

    be overcome by a sudden fear

    "The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away"

  4. panic(verb)

    cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic

    "The mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners"

Wiktionary

  1. panic(Noun)

    Overpowering fright, often affecting groups of people or animals.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. panic(Noun)

    Rapid reduction in asset prices due to broad efforts to raise cash in anticipation of continuing decline in asset prices.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. panic(Verb)

    To feel overwhelming fear.

    Etymology: 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.

  4. panic(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the god Pan.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. panic(Adjective)

    Of fear, fright etc: sudden or overwhelming (attributed by the ancient Greeks to the influence of Pan).

    Etymology: 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.

  6. Panic(Adjective)

    Pandean

    Etymology: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Panic(noun)

    a plant of the genus Panicum; panic grass; also, the edible grain of some species of panic grass

    Etymology: [L. panicum.]

  2. Panic(adj)

    extreme or sudden and causeless; unreasonable; -- said of fear or fright; as, panic fear, terror, alarm

    Etymology: [L. panicum.]

  3. Panic(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [L. panicum.]

  4. Panic(adj)

    by extension: A sudden widespread fright or apprehension concerning financial affairs

    Etymology: [L. panicum.]

Freebase

  1. Panic

    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

  1. Panic

    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

  1. Panic

    A state of extreme acute, intense anxiety and unreasoning fear accompanied by disorganization of personality function.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. panic

    A sudden fright; especially, a sudden fright without real cause, or terror inspired by a trifling cause, or misapprehension of danger; as, the troops were seized with a panic; they fled in a panic. These terrors are attributed to Pan, as some say, because when Osiris was bound by Typho, Pan and the satyrs appearing, cast him into a fright; or because he frightened all the giants that waged war against Jupiter; or, as others say, that when Pan was Bacchus’s lieutenant-general in his Indian expedition, being encompassed in a valley by an army of enemies far superior to them in number, he advised the god to order his men to give a general shout, which so surprised the enemy that they immediately fled from their camp. And hence it came to pass that all sudden fears impressed upon men’s spirits without any just reason were, by the Greeks and Romans, called panic terrors.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'panic' in Nouns Frequency: #2025

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of panic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of panic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of panic in a Sentence

  1. Angela Alsobrooks:

    Mr. Bell committed these acts in six different movie theaters across our region in an attempt to cause widespread fear and panic because he enjoyed seeing the terror people showed as they fled the theaters.

  2. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams:

    Unfortunately, you're going to see more deaths. But that doesn't mean that we should panic.

  3. Andrew Brenner:

    Bonds are being bought in a panic mode.

  4. Katy Gough:

    I have a lot of anxiety around being in a certain place at a certain time as I'm a bit of a control freak and prefer to do things at my own pace and because of this, taking public transport makes me incredibly anxious, you have no control over what time you travel, how busy it's going to be and you don't have the ability to say 'no' and turn around and go back home once you get on. I had previously had a massive panic attack on a train journey to London and now, a large part of me associates trains and public transport with anxiety and panic attacks.

  5. Angus Nicholson:

    Global markets are in panic mode as the full scale of China's slowdown becomes clearer, the word on everyone's lips is deflation - poison for equity markets. The phenomenal six-year bull market may finally meet its match in China-induced global deflation.

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