hys·​ter·​ics | \ hi-ˈster-iks How to pronounce hysterics (audio) \

Definition of hysterics

: a fit of uncontrollable laughter or crying

Examples of hysterics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moment was enough for viewers to be in hysterics, the incident trending on Twitter Saturday morning. Ryan Parker, Billboard, "Twitch (Hilariously) Replaces Metallica BlizzCon Performance With Elevator Music," 20 Feb. 2021 Lindsay’s laugh is uproarious, veering close to hysterics, and the absurdity of her reaction throws everyone into a tailspin. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, "Freaks and Geeks Finally Stretches Daniel’s Charm to Its Breaking Point," 4 Feb. 2021 His mispronunciation sent social media users into hysterics. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Smokey Robinson's mispronunciation of "Chanukah" in this video for a mom has gone viral," 15 Dec. 2020 Yet this new rendition avoids the stirring hysterics — a bold choice, given how hot the door feels at the moment — in favor of a calming deep-breath belief in the possibility of change. Los Angeles Times, "Your moment of zen: Karen O and Willie Nelson cover Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’," 2 Nov. 2020 Women were seen as somehow too fragile and too powerful at the same time, liable to burst into hysterics or upend the entire family unit just by casting a ballot. Aj Willingham Design: Kenneth Fowler, CNN, "The most ridiculous historical arguments denying women the right to vote," 26 Aug. 2020 Well, until the last 10 minutes, when Ramona tried to casually confront Dorinda about her notable anger issue, and did so in public, with Dorinda's daughter on speakerphone, and while flying into wild hysterics herself. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Real Housewives of New York City recap: Better a crystal than a stick," 14 Aug. 2020 But inside the home, a wife was in hysterics: Her husband had locked himself into the bathroom and was threatening to kill himself with a box cutter. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Defund police? Some cities have already started, investing in mental health instead," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of hysterics

1664, in the meaning defined above

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5 Mar 2021

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“Hysterics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hysterics. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hysterics

: uncontrolled laughter, crying, or extreme emotion : a fit of hysteria


noun plural
hys·​ter·​ics | \ hi-ˈster-iks How to pronounce hysterics (audio) \

Kids Definition of hysterics

: an outburst of uncontrollable laughing or crying
Hint: Hysterics can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.


noun plural but singular or plural in construction
hys·​ter·​ics | \ -ˈter-iks How to pronounce hysterics (audio) \

Medical Definition of hysterics

: a fit of uncontrollable laughter or crying : hysteria

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