Moral-panic definitions

Attributive form of moral panic.

Moral-panic control.

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A semi-spontaneous or media-generated mass movement based on the perception that an individual, group, community, or culture is dangerously deviant and poses a menace to society. A public outcry.
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Origin of moral-panic

Coined in 1972 by Stanley Cohen, who coined the phrase to describe media coverage of Mods and Rockers in Great Britain in the 1960s.