hys·​ter·​ic | \hi-ˈster-ik \

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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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 Carlos Vela calmly struck the ensuing penalty kick to the left of goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo, sending the crowd into hysterics and huge quantities of beer into the air above the stands. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Love Story: Mexico Wins Again and Its Fans Roar for the Coach," 24 June 2018 Kutcher’s one-time local football hero returns to his family’s struggling Colorado ranch to help his partying brother, Masterson’s Rooster, and his crotchety father, Sam Elliott’s Beau; hysterics do not ensue. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "A guide to good Netflix vs. bad Netflix," 21 June 2018 Reed played just 27 minutes, but hit his first two shots, sending the Madison Square Garden into hysterics. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "TNT broadcaster Marv Albert reminisces on a previous players' Game 7 uncertainty," 28 May 2018 Earlier that day, as the team prepared for its game against the Yard Goats in Hartford, Guerrero sent the internet into hysterics, but not with a home run. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Welcome to the New Era: 19-Year-Old Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is Baseball's Most Exciting Prospect," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of hysteric

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hys·​ter·​ic | \his-ˈter-ik \

Medical Definition of hysteric 

: an individual subject to or affected with hysteria

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