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Multiple Meanings
hysteria

We need to get past the hysteria and decide what to do.
a state of violent mental agitation — especially uncontrollable fear

In addition to being the adjective form of hysteria, the form hysterical can also indicate that something is exceedingly funny. In the past, hysteria was also the name of a neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions.
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