[pan-ik-strik-uh n]


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 pan·ic-struck [pan-ik-struhk] /ˈpæn ɪkˌstrʌk/.

Origin of panic-stricken

First recorded in 1795–1805 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for panic-stricken

afraid, fearful, frozen, horrified, hysterical, scared, panicky

Examples from the Web for panic-stricken

Contemporary Examples of panic-stricken

  • But Turkish troops stopped these panic-stricken civilians at the Turkish border.

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    A Safe Haven Inside Syria? Bad Idea

    Christopher Dickey

    September 1, 2012

  • But the explanation seemed to work, because when I was done, Eve seemed more philosophical than panic-stricken.

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    What to Tell the Children?

    Suzy Welch

    October 13, 2008

Historical Examples of panic-stricken

  • I was panic-stricken at his words, and could not look at him without trembling.

  • 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.



  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for panic-stricken




affected by panic
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