Definition of hysteria in English:

hysteria

Line breaks: hys|teria
Pronunciation: /hɪˈstɪərɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement: the anti-Semitic hysteria of the 1890s
More 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.
Synonyms
frenzy, wildness, feverishness, irrationality; hysterics, loss of control; panic, panic attack, alarm, outburst/fit of agitation, loss of reason, fit of madness, neurosis, delirium, derangement, mania, distress, mental distress
British informal the screaming abdabs/habdabs
2An old-fashioned term for a psychological disorder characterized by conversion of psychological stress into physical symptoms (somatization) or a change in self-awareness (such as a fugue state or selective amnesia).
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.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin hystericus (see hysteric).

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