Definition of panic :
1. A plant of the genus Panicum; panic grass; also, the edible grain of some species of panic grass.
2. A sudden, overpowering fright; esp., a sudden and groundless fright; terror inspired by a trifling cause or a misapprehension of danger; as, the troops were seized with a panic; they fled in a panic.
3. By extension: A sudden widespread fright or apprehension concerning financial affairs.
4. Extreme or sudden and causeless; unreasonable; - said of fear or fright; as, panic fear, terror, alarm.
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alarm (part of speech: verb)
frighten (part of speech: verb)
cowardice (part of speech: noun)
- The general was talking of his brother- in- law, Lord Charles; a panic seized me, and a mortal curiosity to know what sort of a man the brother- in- law might be. - "Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond]", Maria Edgeworth.
- Next morning the papers were full of the news of the panic. - "Revenge!", by Robert Barr.
- Clouds came, flew as in a panic against the face of the sun, and passed. - "Chita: A Memory of Last Island", Lafcadio Hearn.