Definition of hysteric in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈsterik/


1 (hysterics) informal A wildly emotional and exaggerated reaction: the child has been seized with regular fits of hysterics at bedtime
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  • She got a second Oscar nod, as Best Supporting Actress, for her wildly funny hysterics in Allen's Husbands and Wives.
  • But his mission is complicated by Louis' quirks and emotional hysterics.
  • It would simply be helpful if the neighbours could resign themselves to an approximately similar exercise, with fewer tantrums and hysterics.
hysteria, wildness, feverishness, irrationality, frenzy, loss of control, delirium, derangement, mania
1.1Uncontrollable laughter: this started them both giggling and they fled upstairs in hysterics
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  • I was laughing in hysterics, yet utterly disgusted!
  • Like a woman loosing all sanity, I began to laugh in hysterics.
  • Kayla laughed in hysterics as her skates slid up under her and she landed on her bottom.
fits of laughter, gales of laughter, peals of laughter, paroxysms of laughter, uncontrollable laughter, convulsions, fits
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2A person suffering from hysteria.
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  • A lot of people accused him of being a hysteric, a hypochondriac, a man who exploited death, kind of a Cassandra.
  • A hysteric who seems paraplegic behaves as if he has forgotten that he has legs; he has lost the mental representation of a part of his body.
  • As a hysteric, she highlights the insights that psychoanalysis can offer - and its shortcomings - in understanding black female subjectivity.


another term for hysterical (sense 2).
Example sentences
  • Kal's eyes widened as he came to a pause before bursting into a series of hysteric laughter.
  • He heard Sora's mocking, hysteric laughter in his ear.
  • He said with a sly grin as Emerald busted out into hysteric laughter.


Mid 17th century (as an adjective): via Latin from Greek husterikos 'of the womb', from hustera 'womb' (hysteria being thought to be specific to women and associated with the womb), related to uterus.

Words that rhyme with hysteric

alphanumeric, atmospheric, chimeric, cleric, climacteric, congeneric, Derek, derrick, Eric, esoteric, exoteric, ferric, generic, hemispheric, Herrick, Homeric, mesmeric, numeric, skerrick, spheric, stratospheric

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Syllabification: hys·ter·ic

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