(noun, adjective, verb)


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).


1. an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety

Similar word(s): affright, terror

Definition categories: feeling, fear, fearfulness, fright

2. sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events

- panic in the stock market

Similar word(s): scare

Definition categories: state, anxiety, anxiousness


1. be overcome by a sudden fear

- The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away

Definition categories: emotion, dread, fear

2. cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic

- The mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners

Definition categories: emotion, terrify, terrorise, terrorize