Definition of panic-stricken in English:


(also panic-struck)


  • Affected with panic; very frightened.

    ‘the panic-stricken victims rushed out of their blazing homes’
    • ‘Instead, ministers and MPs behave like a panic-stricken team of a sinking ship - they see somewhere a crack and all rush into filling it with their bodies.’
    • ‘Such blatant attempts by panic-stricken politicos to ‘endear’ themselves to voters only ever end up looking like the cynical, cloying stunts they really are.’
    • ‘They left their parents panic-stricken, but yesterday, after the children were found safe and well in Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, both families were understanding.’
    • ‘‘I think I need to go to the hospital right now,’ I said to the husband, who looked panic-stricken.’
    • ‘I was panic-stricken, and could do nothing except run and run to escape the police.’
    • ‘She couldn't adjust her eyes to focus on my panic-stricken face.’
    • ‘The panic-stricken citizens knew not where to turn.’
    • ‘He was panic-stricken and searched the streets frantically looking for her.’
    • ‘While other passengers were wholly panic-stricken, a worker at the station pressed the emergency button which stopped the train, preventing the accident turning into a tragedy.’
    • ‘The then nine-year-old alerted her mother after retrieving emergency numbers from the top of a kitchen press and looked after her panic-stricken younger brother until help came.’
    • ‘And the government's reaction, veering in panic-stricken indecision from one wildly contradictory solution to another, is also traditional.’
    • ‘At an early stage in the fighting, panic-stricken civilians fleeing the violence were seen running in the streets carrying bundles of possessions on their heads.’
    • ‘There are others who are afraid of drastic change, while some are panic-stricken at the mere thought of change.’
    • ‘It was the most costly of a series of hurried clearances from panic-stricken and nervous City players.’
    • ‘When told by the victim's panic-stricken pal the man had been in the water for about two minutes, former London lifeguard Martin knew he had to act fast before paramedics arrived.’
    • ‘We believe that argument to be absurd and fallacious, and hope that defenders of liberty will recognise that it is exactly this kind of panic-stricken measure that will most gratify the killers.’
    • ‘An emergency telephone operator has received a top award after she talked a panic-stricken woman through a terrifying fire ordeal.’
    • ‘His large, sad eyes sunken in a gaunt, skull-like face, wide and panic-stricken like those of a frightened deer.’
    • ‘The panic-stricken parents of the three-year-old from Chippenham took her to Bristol Royal Infirmary on Friday night, after she developed a high temperature and sickness.’
    • ‘‘I don't know,’ she says, looking a bit panic-stricken.’
    frightened, afraid, fearful, nervous, panicky, agitated, alarmed, worried, intimidated
    alarmed, frightened, scared, scared stiff, frightened out of one's wits, scared out of one's wits, frightened to death, scared to death, terrified, terror-stricken, terror-struck, petrified, horrified, horror-stricken, horror-struck, fearful, afraid, aghast, panicky, panic-struck, frenzied, frantic, in a frenzy, nervous, agitated, hysterical, beside oneself, perturbed, dismayed, disquieted, worked up, overwrought
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