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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.

panic (comparative more panic, superlative most panic)

Positive
panic

Comparative
more panic

Superlative
most panic

  1. (now rare) 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.

Singular
panic

Plural
panics

panic (plural panics)

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


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