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panic

pan·ic

panic

 
 
pronunciation:
pae nihk
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
hit the panic button, press the panic button, push the panic button
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden, usu. irrational terror that often provokes wild behavior and spreads to many other individuals.
similar words:
alarm, consternation, fear, hysteria, scare, terror
definition 2: in financial affairs, a wave of fear and the widespread selling or buying in the stock market that it provokes.
definition 3: (informal) a person or thing considered to be wildly humorous.
synonyms:
riot, scream
similar words:
clown
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part of speech: adjective
definition: of, concerning, or caused by sudden overwhelming fear.
a panic reaction to bad news
antonyms:
calm
similar words:
hysterical, panic-stricken, terror-stricken
phrase: hit the panic button
phrase: press the panic button
phrase: push the panic button
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: panicked, panicking, panics
definition: to cause sudden overwhelming fear in.
The helicopter panicked the herd of antelope.
synonyms:
terrify
similar words:
alarm, frighten, scare, spook, stampede
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be afflicted or overcome by panic.
She panics whenever she has to give a speech.
 
synonyms:
go to pieces
similar words:
choke
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derivation: panicky (adj.)
Word History
Our word panic comes from Pan, the name of the Greek god of woods and shepherds. Pan was believed to be the cause of sudden, wild fear that could not otherwise be explained.
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