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The warriors in the square—what was left of them—had panicked.

For a panicked instant he wanted to rip the helmet off his head.

Panicked by the sight of them, he whipped out his pistol and fired.

"I'm very glad you panicked, since it sent you straight into our arms," said Norah.

After she had shot her own brother, she might have panicked, but she didn't.

They were running or walking, white-faced and silent or shouting and panicked.

Yes; and when the sirens went by he had a panicked look on his face, and he ducked in.

Spearman altered the course of the glide, dropping after one more group of panicked boats but heading south.

They panicked, bought flimsy useless contraptions to guard themselves from the fire.

Just thirty days now, since the scout ship Leo's discovery and the panicked dash for home with the warning.

WORD ORIGIN

"mass terror," 1708, from earlier adjective (c.1600, modifying fear, terror, etc.), from French panique (15c.), from Greek panikon, literally "pertaining to Pan," 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.

In the sense of "panic, fright" the Greek word is short for panikon deima "panic fright," from neuter of Panikos "of Pan." Meaning "widespread apprehension about financial matters" is first recorded 1757. Panic button in figurative sense is first recorded 1955, the literal sense apparently is from parachuting. Panic attack attested by 1970.

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