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
To her credit, Gershon gives it her all, fully investing herself in her character’s increasing hysteria.
As boxing vs. MMA hysteria digs its roots deeper in combat sports, everyone is seemingly angling for a crossover megafight.
Cecile (played by Dexter-Jones herself) descends into hysteria while ruminating over her ex-boyfriend's return to New York through phone conversations with a colorful cast of characters.
How can Lorde, a Very Famous Face, not experience a similar level of hysteria?
Instead, the American people witnessed a thorough debunking of the mainstream media's false reporting and the Democrats' anti-Trump hysteria.
What distinguishes Trump Derangement Syndrome is not just general hysteria about the subject, but additionally the inability to distinguish between legitimate policy differences on the one hand and signs of psychic pathology on the other.
Ahead of testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, Kremlin officials and ordinary Russians say Washington is in the grip of anti-Russian hysteria that has poisoned any chance of better ties between the U.S. and Russia.
The mayor wanted Windsor residents to understand the witch hysteria in the 17th century and the events that led up to Young's hanging, and eventually a trip to the gallows for Gilbert.
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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: 1801See Words from the same year
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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