verb (used with object), pan·icked, pan·ick·ing.
verb (used without object), pan·icked, pan·ick·ing.
Origin of panic1
Synonyms for panic
Origin of panic2
Examples from the Web for panic
Contemporary Examples of panic
Just two young kids experiencing the panic, pain, and then the miracle, of new birth.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
Hence, I suspect, the panic, the lockdown, the capitulation.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
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.Fighting Ebola and Starvation in Sierra Leone
November 5, 2014
Historical Examples of panic
Seized with a panic, my mother, to make a man of me at once, sent me to —— school.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
The panic excited by the squatter skunk had been another lesson.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
But he had scarcely marked the paper when he started back, in a panic.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
After the panic had once seized the enemy there was but little firing.Freeland
I have allowed myself to give way to panic like a child in the dark.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
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.