Definition of hysteria
- political hysteria
- The plague had caused mass hysteria in the village.
A few of the children began to scream, and soon they were all caught up in the hysteria.
Wartime hysteria led to many unfair accusations of treachery.
The spreading of the disease caused mass hysteria in the village.
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First Known Use: 1801See Words from the same year
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the quality or fact of being simultaneous
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