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[pan-ik-strik-uh n] /ˈpæn ɪkˌstrɪk ən/
overcome with, characterized by, or resulting from fear, panic, or the like:
panic-stricken parents looking for their child; a panic-stricken phone call.
Also, panic-struck
[pan-ik-struhk] /ˈpæn ɪkˌstrʌk/ (Show IPA)
Origin of panic-stricken
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I was panic-stricken at his words, and could not look at him without trembling.

    The Republic Plato
  • panic-stricken by Bassenge's report, he was all for the direct method.

  • The popular party were panic-stricken, and stirred neither hand nor foot.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • The panic-stricken face, that met his, paralyzed him for the moment; then he laughed.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
  • She whispered this thought to Helen, and her friend was panic-stricken again.

  • I was panic-stricken, faint with fear; but some instinct had made me hold on desperately.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • The whole place seemed to be alive, panic-stricken, frenzied with fear.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • For a few minutes he crouched in shadow, too panic-stricken to move.

British Dictionary definitions for panic-stricken


affected by panic
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