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hysteria

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noun hys·te·ria \his-ˈter-ē-ə, -ˈtir-\

Simple Definition of hysteria

  • : a state in which your emotions (such as fear) are so strong that you behave in an uncontrolled way

  • : a situation in which many people behave or react in an extreme or uncontrolled way because of fear, anger, etc.

Full Definition of hysteria

  1. 1 :  a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability and disturbances of the psychic, sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions

  2. 2 :  behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess <political hysteria>

hys·ter·ic play \-ˈter-ik\ noun
hys·ter·i·cal play \-ˈter-i-kəl\ also hysteric adjective
hys·ter·i·cal·ly play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of hysteria

  1. A few of the children began to scream, and soon they were all caught up in the hysteria.

  2. Wartime hysteria led to many unfair accusations of treachery.

  3. The spreading of the disease caused mass hysteria in the village.



Origin of hysteria

New Latin, from English hysteric, adjective, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos, from hystera womb; from the Greek notion that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances of the uterus


First Known Use: 1801

Rhymes with hysteria


HYSTERICAL Defined for Kids

hysterical

adjective hys·ter·i·cal \hi-ˈster-i-kəl\

Definition of hysterical

  1. 1 :  feeling or showing extreme and uncontrolled emotion <hysterical laughter> <… the sight of blood really makes him hysterical. — Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Loses Control>

  2. 2 :  very funny <Your joke was hysterical.>

hys·ter·i·cal·ly adverb <laugh hysterically>



Medical Dictionary

hysteria

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noun hys·te·ria \his-ˈter-ē-ə, -ˈtir-\

Medical Definition of hysteria

  1. 1a:  a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability and disturbances of the psychic, sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions without an organic basisb:  a similar condition in domestic animals

  2. 2:  behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess





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