Definition of panic-stricken in US English:


(also panic-struck)


  • Affected with panic; very frightened.

    ‘the panic-stricken victims rushed out of their blazing homes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I don't know,’ she says, looking a bit panic-stricken.’
    • ‘An emergency telephone operator has received a top award after she talked a panic-stricken woman through a terrifying fire ordeal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The panic-stricken citizens knew not where to turn.’
    • ‘‘I think I need to go to the hospital right now,’ I said to the husband, who looked panic-stricken.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was the most costly of a series of hurried clearances from panic-stricken and nervous City players.’
    • ‘He was panic-stricken and searched the streets frantically looking for her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She couldn't adjust her eyes to focus on my panic-stricken face.’
    • ‘I was panic-stricken, and could do nothing except run and run to escape the police.’
    • ‘And the government's reaction, veering in panic-stricken indecision from one wildly contradictory solution to another, is also traditional.’
    • ‘There are others who are afraid of drastic change, while some are panic-stricken at the mere thought of change.’
    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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/ˈˌpænɪk ˈˌstrɪkən//ˈˌpanik ˈˌstrikən/