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Origin of panic

1
First recorded in 1580鈥90; earlier panique, from French, from Greek Panik贸s 鈥渙f Pan鈥; see Pan, -ic

synonym study for panic

1. See terror.

OTHER WORDS FROM panic

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Other definitions for panic (2 of 2)

panic2
[ pan-ik ]
/ 藞p忙n 瑟k /

noun
Also called panic grass . any grass of the genus Panicum, many species of which bear edible grain.
the grain.

Origin of panic

2
First recorded in 1375鈥1425; late Middle English panik, from Latin p膩nicum 鈥淚talian millet鈥
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How to use panic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for panic (1 of 2)

panic
/ (藞p忙n瑟k) /

noun
a sudden overwhelming feeling of terror or anxiety, esp one affecting a whole group of people
(modifier) of or resulting from such terrorpanic measures
verb -ics, -icking or -icked
to feel or cause to feel panic

Derived forms of panic

panicky, adjective

Word Origin for panic

C17: from French panique, from New Latin p膩nicus, from Greek panikos emanating from Pan, considered as the source of irrational fear

British Dictionary definitions for panic (2 of 2)

Panic
/ (藞p忙n瑟k) /

adjective
of or relating to the god Pan
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Other Idioms and Phrases with panic

panic

see push the panic button.

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