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Definition 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.
  • We need to get past the hysteria and decide what to do.
  • They try to portray my rightful concern as hysteria.
  • The worst legislation is passed when the populace has been whpped into hysteria.
  • We need a vaccination to protect against mass hysteria.
  • Psycho-analysis, as every one knows, is primarily a method of understanding hysteria and certain forms of insanity...; but it has been found that there is much in the lives of ordinary men and women which bears a humiliating resemblance to the delusions of the insane.
    Bertrand Russell  --  The Analysis of Mind
  • I mastered the rising hysteria, lifted up my head, and took a firm stand on the stool.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ...there was a species of mad hilarity in his eyes—an evidently restrained hysteria in his whole demeanour.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • cried, laughed, and manifested the chaotic abandonment of hysteria.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • And it's called religious hysteria.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • hysteria = a state of violent mental agitation — especially uncontrollable fear
  • The noise dies abruptly, and all we hear is ALAN yelling in hysteria as he collapses on the ground—stabbing at his own eyes with the invisible pick.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • There was a tinge of hysteria in his voice.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I felt hysteria rising and knew I was gonna blow.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • I'm out of breath and on the verge of hysteria when we find the office.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Responsibility, not hysteria.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • I couldn't keep the hysteria from my voice.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • ] Get out of here quick before I start screaming fire 1 [Her throat is tightening with hysteria.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • She feels hysteria rising and edges toward the large TV and stereo console cabinet near the hallway, leaning against it for balance.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The hysteria spread to the neighbouring trees.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I can't help thinking that they felt ashamed of taking advantage of her hysteria and of listening to such avowals.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • For new officers, there's almost hysteria.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink

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