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[pan-ik-strik-uh n] /ˈpæn ɪkˌstrɪk ən/
overcome with, characterized by, or resulting from fear, panic, or the like:
panic-stricken parents looking for their child; a panic-stricken phone call.
Also, panic-struck
[pan-ik-struhk] /ˈpæn ɪkˌstrʌk/ (Show IPA)
Origin of panic-stricken
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Several solutions were attempted by local authorities desperate to lure back panic-stricken holidaymakers.
  • Houses are floating about, and the people who are free are panic-stricken and are fleeing to the mountains.
  • When she goes into labor, he becomes so panic-stricken he has an accident that renders him unconscious.
  • The feeble garrison, the panic-stricken inhabitants, hailed him as a deliverer.
  • Many guests were panic-stricken, believing that more waves could follow, but staff members remained calm and optimistic.
  • It reached the city as expected, provoking thousands of emergency calls from panic-stricken citizens.
  • She seemed genuinely panic-stricken, her haunted aquamarine eyes spirally with fear.
  • Those who weren't trapped were soon pouring out of the building-many panic-stricken and covered in soot.
  • There was not time to combat flames, but members of the fire department and others directed the panic-stricken to the exits.
  • Many of the panic-stricken people were at their windows, screaming for help.
British Dictionary definitions for panic-stricken


affected by panic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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