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Etymology

From Middle French panique, from Ancient Greek πανικός (pertaining to Pan). Pan is 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.

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
panic

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Pertaining to the god Pan.
  2. Of fear, fright etc: sudden or overwhelming (attributed by the ancient Greeks to the influence of Pan).
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 pp. 57-8:
      All things were there in a disordered confusion, and in a confused furie, untill such time as by praiers and sacrifices they had appeased the wrath of their Gods. They call it to this day, the Panike terror.

Noun

Singular
panic

Plural
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  1. Overpowering fright, often affecting groups of people or animals.

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Verb

Infinitive
to panic

Third person singular
panics

Simple past
panicked

Past participle
-

Present participle
panicking

to panic (third-person singular simple present panics, present participle panicking, simple past and past participle panicked)
  1. To feel overwhelming fear.

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