What is panic?

  • (noun): Sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events.
    Example: "Panic in the stock market"
    Synonyms: scare
    See also — Additional definitions below

Panic

Panic is a sudden sensation of fear which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic fight-or-flight reaction. Panic may occur singularly in individuals or manifest suddenly in large groups as mass panic (closely related to herd behavior).

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List Of Economic Crises - 19th Century
... Post-Napoleonic depression Danish state bankruptcy of 1813 Panic of 1819, a U.S ... of U.S.'s first boom-to-bust economic cycle Panic of 1825, a pervasive British recession in which many banks failed, nearly including the Bank of England Panic of 1837, a U.S ... recession with bank failures, followed by a 5-year depression Panic of 1847 Panic of 1857, a U.S ...
List Of Black Flag Band Members - Drummers - Bill Stevenson
... Stevenson first auditioned to drum for Panic in summer 1978, at age 15, after Brian Migdol had left the band ... audition turned into a drunken jam session including members of Panic and The Last, and the position of drummer in Panic ultimately went to Robo ...
Panic In Paradise
... Panic in Paradise can refer to Panic in Paradise (album), an album by "X-Dream" released in 2000 Panic in Paradise (film), a 1960 Danish film ...
Panic
... Panic is a sudden sensation of fear which is so strong as to dominate or prevent reason and logical thinking, replacing it with overwhelming feelings of anxiety and frantic agitation consistent with an animalistic ... Panic may occur singularly in individuals or manifest suddenly in large groups as mass panic (closely related to herd behavior) ... The word panic derives from the Greek πανικός, "pertaining to shepherd god Pan", who took amusement from frightening herds of goats and sheep into sudden bursts of uncontrollable fear ...
List Of Banking Crises - Banking Panics and Systemic Banking Crises - 19th Century
... Panic of 1819, a U.S ... culmination of U.S.'s first boom-to-bust economic cycle Panic of 1825, a pervasive British recession in which many banks failed, nearly including the Bank of England Panic of 1837, a U.S ... failures, followed by a 5-year depression Panic of 1847, United Kingdom Panic of 1857, a U.S ...

More definitions of "panic":

  • (noun): An overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety.
    Synonyms: terror
  • (verb): Cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic.
    Example: "The mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners"
  • (verb): Be overcome by a sudden fear.
    Example: "The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away"

Famous quotes containing the word panic:

    Boredom turns to panic if my beloved leaves before the usual time.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    Treading the soil of the moon, palpating its pebbles, tasting the panic and splendor of the event, feeling in the pit of one’s stomach the separation from terra ... these form the most romantic sensation an explorer has ever known ... this is the only thing I can say about the matter. The utilitarian results do not interest me.
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977)

    Panic and emptiness! Panic and emptiness!
    —E.M. (Edward Morgan)