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Panic is an instance, outbreak, or period of such fear.[1] Panic could be a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons or animals. The following sentence is of the nature of, caused by, or indicating panic: A wave of panic selling shook the stock market.


  1. Panic,, The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary, Accessed December 28, 2010.

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