An example of panic used as an adjective is a panic situation which means a situation that suddenly causes many people to become terrified.
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 selling of securities.
An example of to panic is to become quickly frightened when in a small space.
- To panic; specif., to react to a crisis with some frantic, often disastrous action.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of panic
- 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 Pan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French panique, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î±Î½Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (panikos, “pertaining to Pan"), from Î Î¬Î½ (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.