Adjective "panic" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behaviour.
  1. in singular 'he ran to the library in a blind panic'
  2. 'But it is far more likely that you would be affected by fear and panic than a terrorist weapon.'
  3. 'Health professionals and ministers are concerned about spreading panic and fear too many warnings might make the population complacent.'
  4. 'Their cameras witnessed death, dense panic and ashen fear.'
  5. 'Tommy moved up to the item she'd thrown up on stage, and sudden panic hit his face.'
  6. 'The resulting fear, panic and sheer terror of that evening, Tim postulated, was so great that a special bond remains.'
  7. 'In fact, the true power of such a device lies not in its ability to spread radiation but in its ability to spread panic and fear.'
  8. 'Now here I was, seized by a sudden fit of panic at the last minute, fearing that my head might never be the same again.'
  9. 'If we expressed symptoms of panic and fear the diagnosis was clear.'
  10. 'Anxiety symptoms were also high, with 64% reporting symptoms of fear, panic or anxiety.'
  11. 'In my panic and fear, I could not remember where the dock was.'
  12. as modifier 'panic selling'
  13. 'Unlike more transitory fads and fashions, however, financial manias and panics have real and lasting economic consequences.'
  14. 'Maybe the false story will set off a financial panic.'
  15. 'Before 11 September, there was already a tendency for financial and business panics to develop at any sign of difficulty.'
  16. 'The Fed was created to do two things: dampen the business cycle and keep financial panics from spreading to the real economy.'
  17. 'Still, U.S. financial markets were relatively undeveloped and subject to periodic panics and financial crises.'
  18. 'A sudden loss of liquidity - a shattering of the illusion of liquidity - was a key feature of financial panics long before asset-backed securities were introduced.'
  19. 'This created a panic across central Europe, as investors rushed to the banks to retrieve their own investments before these were frozen too.'
  20. 'We should strengthen the IMF's ability to prevent financial panics from turning into full-scale economic meltdowns such as we've seen in Argentina.'
  21. 'Avoidance of the lost production caused by financial panics would more than compensate for whatever reduction in investment might occur because of constrained short-term capital flows.'
  22. 'He works on banking, financial distress, and financial panics.'
  23. 'a workload of constant panics and rush jobs'
  24. 'There was a panic, a rush to get as many people on board the escape ships as possible.'
  25. 'As panic ensued gardaí rushed to the scene urging staff and customers to evacuate the building, as they searched to find the potential raider.'
  26. 'Despite the plan, officials and the haulage industry are keen to talk down the prospect of fuel protests for fear of sparking panic.'
  27. 'The village went into an uproarious panic as people scattered everywhere in confusion and fear.'
  28. 'She broke free from Shane's arms and started to rush about in a mad panic.'
  29. 'It always starts near Kensington plaza, where people have abandoned their bags of groceries to rush home in a panic.'


Feel or cause to feel panic.
  1. with object 'talk of love panicked her'
  2. 'Oh, to be sure, there are always folks who panic, or loot.'
  3. 'Terrified and panicking, he tried to kick in a glass door to escape his pursuers and, in doing so, fatally lacerated himself.'
  4. 'A contemporary newspaper account told of passers-by panicking at the sight of the topper.'
  5. 'People panicked and stampeded, blows rained down, people fell and hurt themselves in the melee.'
  6. 'When you get a scare everyone starts to panic, because you're not there with your small child and the worrying thing is that they can't tell you themselves.'
  7. 'It was crowded and I started panicking and feeling faint.'
  8. 'The crowd panicked and some jumped into a well to be crushed by those jumping after them.'
  9. 'Everyone around began to panic at the sight and began to whisper and talk about what was going on.'
  10. 'He said the people seemed to panic more when the fire alarm went off.'
  11. 'But with the end in sight, he panicked again and gave his opponent another chance in the fourth set.'
  12. 'The club's manager appreciates that he has little time to prepare for the new Rugby League Premiership season, which kicks off on December 2, but he will not be panicked into rushing things.'
  13. 'They love to panic customers into buying their overpriced insurance cover.'
  14. 'They will also realise, no matter how long it takes, that they will not panic London into submission, nor will their ultimate aims succeed.'
  15. 'Too often they were panicked into giving away penalties and that cost them dear in their final three matches after they had recovered from that England beating.'
  16. 'Who will want to compete, when the Government can be panicked into stepping in every time there is a complaint?'
  17. 'The government was panicked into releasing a statement today in relation to baby care, and it's poorly done, it's poorly researched and it's poorly thought out.'


A cereal and fodder grass of a group including millet.
  1. 'In microsites with higher light intensity, little bluestem, big bluestem, Indian grass, and panic grass dominated.'
  2. 'Two of the most common, but functionally indeterminate, grass grains regularly identified from American Bottom sites are panic grass (Panicum sp.) and beardgrass.'

More definitions

1. a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons or animals.

2. an instance, outbreak, or period of such fear.

3. Finance. a sudden widespread fear concerning financial affairs leading to credit contraction and widespread sale of securities at depressed prices in an effort to acquire cash.

4. Slang. someone or something that is considered hilariously funny: The comedian was an

More examples(as adjective)

"roasters can be panic."

"publics can be panic."

"people can be panic."

"investors can be panic."

"mothers can be panic."

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(panic)Late Middle English: from Latin panicum, from panus ‘ear of millet’ (literally ‘thread wound on a bobbin’), based on Greek pēnos ‘web’, pēnion ‘bobbin’.


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