What is the Meaning of PANIC?

What is the Meaning of PANIC?

Understand where the English word PANIC originates and you will be able to use it in a variety of contexts.

The video contains 3 illustrated sentence examples. Just take a moment to look at the picture, then listen as the sentence is read, to make a deep impression on the memory. By seeing various contexts in which the word PANIC is used, you will get a better understanding of its meaning and definition.

Here is a transcript of the video “The Origin and Meaning of PANIC ” . . .

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Definition: a state of extreme anxiety, a sudden, overwhelming fear, often causing wild, unpredictable behaviour

The origin of the word is interesting . . .

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In Greek mythology, Pan was a god of woods and fields, shepherds and flocks, living in remote or lonely places.

If disturbed, he would frighten people by suddenly appearing, making loud noises and shouting.

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In the picture we see a woman screaming as many pigeons fly around her.

Sentence example: She panicked when too many pigeons started to fly around her.

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The picture shows a woman shopping with empty shelves in front of her.

Caption: Panic Buying

Definition: Buying large quantities of an item out of fear there will be a shortage

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In the picture we see a frightened young woman screaming and holding her head.

Caption: Panic Attack

Definition: A sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause.


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So remember, the word PANIC originates with the god PAN from Greek mythology, known for frightening people by suddenly appearing and making loud noises.

To panic means to act wildly due to extreme fear or anxiety.

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Slide 5 – woman with pigeons
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Slide 6 – panic buying
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Slide 7 – girl screaming
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