- 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.
Origin of panicMiddle 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 of panicFrench 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
transitive verbpanicked, panicking
- to affect with panic
- Slang to convulse (a listener, audience, etc.) with laughter, delight, etc.
- A sudden, overpowering feeling of fear, often affecting many people at once. See Synonyms at fear.
- A state of extreme anxiety, such as that involved in a panic attack.
- a. A state of frantic activity, usually accompanied by extreme concern or anxiety: The office was in a panic as the deadline approached.b. A sudden widespread alarm concerning finances, often resulting in a rush to sell property to raise cash.
- Slang A person or thing that is considered extremely 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.
tr. & intr.v.pan·icked, pan·ick·ing, pan·ics
Origin of panicFrom 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 .
(comparative more panic, superlative most panic)
(third-person singular simple present panics, present participle panicking, simple past and past participle panicked)
From Middle French panique, from Ancient Greek πανικός (panikos, “pertaining to Pan”), from Πάν (Pan, “Pan”). 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.
(comparative more Panic, superlative most Panic)
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.