Definition of hysteria
Examples of hysteria in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of hysteria from the Web
The mass shooting in Orlando is yet another example of an emerging global political and cultural climate of violence fed by hate and mass hysteria.
After her thank you, Jazz said what’s been on all our minds since this bathroom hysteria broke out.
Yet despite the wizardry that Ansel continues to constantly debut, the Cronut remains the most powerful pastry in terms of name recognition, novelty, and sheer viral hysteria.
This kind of feverish response explains the hysteria — and occasional bewilderment — that Washington’s name provokes among jazz people.
Jones’s hysteria, need, and anger further deepened the proceedings.
Worse, events seemed to bear out these apprehensions, pushing anxiety toward hysteria among the public and political leaders alike.
Canadians are known for their equanimity, but on this cool Saturday night, the air outside Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre carries a tinge of hysteria.
Traditionally, Hollywood's treatments of the subject pile hysteria--whether cynical or sappy--on top of ignorance, staying fixated on political corruption to avoid political debate.
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Origin and Etymology 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
HYSTERIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hysteria for English Language Learners
: 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.
HYSTERIA Defined for Kids
Definition of hysteria for Students
: a state in which emotions (as fear or joy) are so strong that a person acts in an uncontrolled way
Medical Definition of hysteria
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: behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess
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