verb (used with object), pan·icked, pan·ick·ing.
verb (used without object), pan·icked, pan·ick·ing.
- panic attack,
- panic bar,
- panic bolt,
- panic button,
- panic buying
Origin of panic1
Origin of panic2
Examples from the Web for panic
Just two young kids experiencing the panic, pain, and then the miracle, of new birth.
Hence, I suspect, the panic, the lockdown, the capitulation.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Someone was sure to capitalize on the Ebola panic, and Dr. Joseph Alton is that guy.
In one sentence, he asserts: “Panic is worse than complacency.”
Panic—and the inevitable panicking about the panic—is counterproductive.
The next morning, in a panic, Fargus had sought out Bofinger.Max Fargus|Owen Johnson
Nor did those who held the muskets help in the matter, for they too were taken with a panic.Roger the Bold|F. S. Brereton
Every obstacle creates confusion, speedily converted into panic by opposition.Destruction and Reconstruction:|Richard Taylor
The English sent fire ships into the Spanish fleet when it was anchored, causing it's ships to disperse in a panic.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
Everybody seemed seized with a panic, and fled to the sea or the mountains.Twenty Years in Europe|Samuel H. M. Byers
verb -ics, -icking or -icked
Word Origin for panic
"mass terror," 1708, from earlier adjective (c.1600, modifying fear, terror, etc.), from French panique (15c.), from Greek panikon, literally "pertaining to Pan," 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.
In the sense of "panic, fright" the Greek word is short for panikon deima "panic fright," from neuter of Panikos "of Pan." Meaning "widespread apprehension about financial matters" is first recorded 1757. Panic button in figurative sense is first recorded 1955, the literal sense apparently is from parachuting. Panic attack attested by 1970.
type of grass, early 15c., from Old French panic "Italian millet," from Latin panicum "panic grass, kind of millet," from panus "ear of millet, a swelling" (cf. panocha).
1827, "to afflict with panic," from panic (n.). Intransitive sense of "to lose one's head, get into a panic" is from 1902. Related: Panicked; panicking.
see push the panic button.