- 1Exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement, especially among a group of people: the mass hysteria that characterizes the week before ChristmasMore example sentences
- Various people are drunk or act strangely or approach mini entertaining hysterias - like whirlpools in cups of tea they pass quickly.
- The world cannot tolerate these old claims, most times based on sheer hysteria and emotion.
- The whole history of the US, indeed, is punctuated with scares, crazes and occasional mass hysteria.
- 1.1 Psychiatry A psychological disorder (not now regarded as a single definite condition) whose symptoms include conversion of psychological stress into physical symptoms (somatization), selective amnesia, shallow volatile emotions, and overdramatic or attention-seeking behavior. The term has a controversial history as it was formerly regarded as a disease specific to women.More example sentences
- They never talk about a disorder called hysteria, they talk about the womb wandering.
- Freud learned from Charcot that, in order to understand hysteria, he had to look to psychology rather than to neurology.
- When these types break down they tend to develop either hysteria or mania.
early 19th century: from Latin hystericus (see hysteric).