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Definition of "panic" []

  • A sudden, overpowering terror, often affecting many people at once. See Synonyms at fear. (noun)
  • A sudden widespread alarm concerning finances, often resulting in a rush to sell property: a stock-market panic. (noun)
  • Slang One that is uproariously funny. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or resulting from sudden, overwhelming terror: panic flight. (adjective)
  • Of or resulting from a financial panic: panic selling of securities. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "panic" in a sentence
  • "The term panic is almost synonymous in our language with distraught, ineffective, overreactive behavior."
  • "The Kafirs were arming, and the farmers with their flocks and herds had fled in panic from the frontier."
  • "The term panic attack has become a "trendy term" for anything that creates feelings of anxiety and / or fear in a person."