Definition of hysteria
1 : a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability and disturbances of the psychic, sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions
2 : behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess <political hysteria>
hystericplay \-ˈter-ik\ noun
hystericalplay \-ˈter-i-kəl\ less commonly
hystericallyplay \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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.
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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