- The definition of panic is showing sudden fear.
An example of panic used as an adjective is a panic situation which means a situation that suddenly causes many people to become terrified.
- Panic is sudden overpowering fear, often affecting large numbers of people all at once.
- An example of panic is suddenly becoming terrified of being in a small space.
- An example of panic is when many investors sell a particular stock after hearing news that could potentially be bad for the company.
- Panic means to cause sudden fear or to experience sudden fear.
An example of to panic is to become quickly frightened when in a small space.
panic definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English panyk ; from Classical Latin panicum, kind of millet ; from panus, ear of millet, a swelling ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pank-, to swell from source Polish pąk, a bud
- literally of Pan
- of sudden fear, as supposedly inspired by Pan
- having the nature of, or showing or resulting from, panic
Origin: French panique ; from Classical Greek panikos, of Pan, after Pan
- a sudden, unreasoning, hysterical fear, often spreading quickly
- a widespread fear of the collapse of the financial system, resulting in unreasoned attempts to turn property into cash, withdraw money, etc.
- Slang a person or thing considered extremely humorous or entertaining
- to affect with panic
- Slang to convulse (a listener, audience, etc.) with laughter, delight, etc.
panic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A sudden, overpowering terror, often affecting many people at once. See Synonyms at fear.
- A sudden widespread alarm concerning finances, often resulting in a rush to sell property: a stock-market panic.
- Slang One that is uproariously funny.
- Of, relating to, or resulting from sudden, overwhelming terror: panic flight.
- Of or resulting from a financial panic: panic selling of securities.
- often Panic Mythology Of or relating to Pan.
Origin: From French panique, terrified, from Greek Pānikos, of Pan (a source of terror, as in flocks or herds), groundless (used of fear), from Pān, Pan; see Pan .
- panˈick·y adjective
panic - Investment & Finance Definition
A widespread and significant fear that the market or economy is going to collapse. A panic leads to massive bank deposit withdrawals and possible banking collapses, as well as falling stock prices. Panics occurred at the height of the Great Depression in the U.S. when bank depositors by the hundreds descended on their banks to withdraw their deposits for fear that the bank would fail and they would lose all of their money. A panic is usually a relatively short-lived phenomenon, in contrast to a recession or depression, which last six months to several years.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
panic - Medical Definition
- panic verb
panic - Phrases/Idioms
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