Panic is sudden overpowering fear, often affecting large numbers of people all at once.(noun)
The definition of panic is showing sudden fear.(adjective)
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 means to cause sudden fear or to experience sudden fear.(verb)
An example of to panic is to become quickly frightened when in a small space.
See panic in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME panyk < L panicum, kind of millet < panus, ear of millet, a swelling < IE base *pank-, to swell > Pol pąk, a bud
Origin: Fr panique < Gr panikos, of Pan, after Pan
See panic in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From French panique, terrified
Origin: , from Greek Pānikos, of Pan (a source of terror, as in flocks or herds), groundless (used of fear)
Origin: , from Pān, Pan; see Pan.
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