Word of the Day: Panic

pan-ic / panik   noun
  1. a sudden fear or anxiety which can lead to irrational thought or behavior
Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic; it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation. Vannevar Bush, 1890-1974  
  1. an instance or outbreak of sudden fear or anxiety
The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1841-1935  
  1. sudden overbearing distrust of a banking institution, usually causing banking and mercantile failure
The Panic of 1819 exerted a profound effect on American economic thought. Murray Rothbard, 1926-1995   verb
  1. to feel or cause alarm
He who remains calm while those around him panic probably doesn’t know what’s going on. Leo Buscaglia, 1924-1998   adjective
  1. of or relating to a sudden feeling of fear or anxiety
I get panic attacks in big crowds. Live Schreiber, 1967-  
  1. of or relating to the god Pan (with initial capital letter)
‘Panic’ comes from the name of the Greek god Pan, who supposedly sometimes caused humans to flee in unreasoning fear. https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/the-mythological-origin-of-panic