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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pan"ic
A plant of the genus Panicum; panic grass; also, the edible grain of some species of panic grass.

Etymology: L. panicum

adjective Pan"ic
Extreme or sudden and causeless; unreasonable; -- said of fear or fright; as, panic fear, terror, alarm.

Etymology: Gr. paniko`s of or pertaining to Pa`n Pan, to whom the causing of sudden fright was ascribed: cf. F. panique

noun Pan"ic
  1. 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.
  2. By extension: A sudden widespread fright or apprehension concerning financial affairs.

Etymology: Gr. to~ paniko`nwith or without dei^ma fear): cf. F. panique. See Panic (a.)

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  1. An overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
  2. Sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events ("panic in the stock market")
  3. Cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic ("The mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners")
  4. Be overcome by a sudden fear ("The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away")

Borrowing from Middle French panique, from Ancient Greek πανικός (panikós, “pertaining to Pan”), from Πάν (Pán, “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.

  1. Overpowering fright, often affecting groups of people or animals.
  2. (finance, economics) Rapid reduction in asset prices due to broad efforts to raise cash in anticipation of continuing decline in asset prices.

From Latin panicum.

  1. (botany) A plant of the genus Panicum.

    panic was also found in the following language(s): Czech and Slovak

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Panic

    Milan Panić is a prime minister. Their career lasted from 1992 to 1993. Milan was born on December 20th, 1929 in Belgrade.


    His military service ended in 1993.



    Bojana was born on May 24th, 1985 in Yugoslavia.


    Stefan Panić is a soccer player for the FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac, OFK Mladenovac, and C.D. Nacional. Stefan was born on September 20th, 1992 in Topola.


    June Panic is an indie rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Panic U.S.
      White 97.18% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Panic are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Panic

    • How Popular is the name Panic? As a last name Panic was the 121,590th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Panic first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Panic is Saturday, February 25th, 1893.
    • How unique is the name Panic? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Panic. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Panic: Your name in reverse order is Cinap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Niapc. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Panic? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 142 people with the last name Panic.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Panic? Panic is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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