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Noun: panic  pa-nik
  1. An overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
    - terror, affright
     
  2. Sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events
    "panic in the stock market";
    - scare
Verb: panic (panicked,panicking)  pa-nik
  1. Be overcome by a sudden fear
    "The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away"
     
  2. Cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic
    "The mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners"

Derived forms: panicking, panics, panicked

Type of: anxiety, anxiousness, dread, fear, fearfulness, fright, terrify, terrorise [Brit], terrorize

Encyclopedia: Panic