hys·​ter·​ic | \ hi-ˈster-ik How to pronounce hysteric (audio) \

Definition of hysteric

1 : a person subject to or suffering from hysteria
2 : an overemotional or unstable person He's a sweet-natured hysteric who overresponds to every stimulus.— Pauline Kael — see also hysterics

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At the time, people like them were dismissed as hysterics. Ed Symkus, BostonGlobe.com, "A very different kind of Beatles movie," 20 June 2019 Only this time, Loeb herself appeared guitar in hand to perform the beloved hit to an audience that went into immediate hysterics over the wistful ballad. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "25 Years Later, the Cast and Crew of Reality Bites Reunites for a Special Screening," 7 May 2019 Just when the world finally recovered from royal wedding fever, the hysterics may flare up again, as Meghan Markle’s bridal gown is rumored to be headed for public display at Windsor Castle. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Meghan Markle’s wedding dress may be displayed at Windsor Castle," 21 Aug. 2018 Barcelona fans have been left in hysterics on Twitter after Francis Coquelin tried to obstruct Lionel Messi in Barca’s 2-0 win over Valencia on Thursday night. SI.com, "Barca Fans React as Francis Coquelin 'Strips' Lionel Messi in Copa del Rey Clash," 9 Feb. 2018 Neymar reacted in hysterics, prompting a furious response from both benches. SI.com, "Neymar Fires Back at Critics Trying to 'Undermine’ Him Following Play Acting Accusations," 3 July 2018 Samuel Comroe Comroe had the crowd in hysterics during his audition. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Where Have I Seen That 'America's Got Talent' Contestant Before? Us The Duo & Courtney Hadwin Among Previously Known Acts," 14 June 2018 But this Sherlock has also been periodically confined to an asylum by her own brother (Sean Fortunato) – reflecting how readily intelligent women then and now are marginalized as mad hysterics. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Door County theaters add stories and sparkle to summer nights," 11 July 2018 His swerving blast from 30 yards sailed past Hugo Lloris into the French net to send the heavily Argentine crowd into hysterics. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Teenage Star Speeds France Past Argentina in World Cup," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of hysteric

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hysteric

usually disapproving : a person who behaves or reacts in an extremely or foolishly emotional way : a hysterical person


hys·​ter·​ic | \ his-ˈter-ik How to pronounce hysteric (audio) \

Medical Definition of hysteric

: an individual subject to or affected with hysteria

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