panic

[17] Panic is etymologically ‘terror caused by the god Pan’. The ancient Greeks believed that he lurked in lonely spots, and would frighten people by suddenly appearing, or making noises. He was evidently invoked to account for alarming but harmless natural phenomena, and so the element of ‘irrationality’ in the English word was present from the beginning. English acquired it (originally as an adjective) via French panique and modern Latin pānicus from Greek pānikós ‘of Pan’. => PAN
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   The word was originally an adjective, as in the phrase panic fear. As such it derives from Pan, the Greek god of shepherds and flocks who was reputed to be the cause of sudden groundless fear. (His method of dealing with an enemy or unwelcome force was to shout at it and so scare it off.)

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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