feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society
A moral panic is a widespread feeling of fear, often an irrational one, that some evil person or thing threatens the values, interests, or well-being of a community or society.
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- You don't want to live in a country in which moral panics breakout regularly. By the way, moral panics diminish the people engage in them and hurt the people who don’t.
- Tucker Carlson, Tucker Carlson explains how moral panics are destroying America, The Post Millennial, Mar 8, 2022