hys·​ter·​ic hi-ˈster-ik How to pronounce hysteric (audio)
: a person subject to or affected by hysteria
: an overemotional or unstable person
He's a sweet-natured hysteric who overresponds to every stimulus.Pauline Kael
see also hysterics

Examples of hysteric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ron Song who played Ken would speak so painfully slowly and would send me into hysterics talking about his gum ball machine and his sticker machines. James Marsden Published, EW.com, 14 Dec. 2023 Elsewhere, hysterics abound as Traill and editor Christian Hoffman struggle to find a hilarious take. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 23 Nov. 2023 An angry woman is no more than a hysteric, a shrew, a person to be punished. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 22 Nov. 2023 Chaos and mass hysterics quickly result, and Fallon dissolves into helpless giggles. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 29 Sep. 2023 Charcot’s hysterics were made to dance for their care, but Freud’s patients participated in a therapeutic ritual of speech. Hannah Zeavin, The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2023 But, amid these often-nihilistic narrative hysterics, Fez also served as the show’s moral center. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2023 But the whole situation is sending Twitter users into hysterics. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 27 June 2023 The governors showed wisdom in ignoring the professional hysterics who populate public life. The Editors, National Review, 1 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hysteric was in 1654

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Cite this Entry

“Hysteric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysteric. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


hys·​ter·​ic his-ˈter-ik How to pronounce hysteric (audio)
: an individual subject to or affected by hysteria

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