Entry from British & World English dictionary
An instance of public anxiety or alarm in response to a problem regarded as threatening the moral standards of society: the moral panic about ‘the tide of filth’ polluting our land
More example sentences
- Indeed, he asks, does the state expand in rational and sensible ways to meet real policy needs, or rather in response to fevered moral panics?
- Why is so much public discussion today dominated by moral panics about what we eat, drink and breathe?
- Undoubtedly police officers experience external political pressure for ‘results’, more or less so at different times according to particular moral panics or trends in crime statistics.
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