Definitions for hysteriahɪˈstɛr i ə, -ˈstɪər-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hys•te•ri•ahɪˈstɛr i ə, -ˈstɪər-(n.)

  1. a psychoneurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks, disturbances of sensory and motor functions, and various abnormal effects due to autosuggestion.

    Category: Psychiatry

  2. an uncontrollable emotional outburst, as from fear or grief, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc.

  3. a state of intense agitation, anxiety, or excitement, esp. as manifested by large groups or segments of society.

Origin of hysteria:

1795–1805; hyster (ic ) + -ia

Princeton's WordNet

  1. craze, delirium, frenzy, fury, hysteria(noun)

    state of violent mental agitation

  2. hysteria(noun)

    excessive or uncontrollable fear

  3. hysteria, hysterical neurosis(noun)

    neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hysteria(noun)ɪˈstɛr i ə, -ˈstɪər-

    uncontrollable emotions

    the hysteria that surrounded Beatles concerts

Wiktionary

  1. hysteria(Noun)

    Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic.

  2. hysteria(Noun)

    A mental disorder characterized by emotional excitability etc. without an organic cause.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hysteria(noun)

    a nervous affection, occurring almost exclusively in women, in which the emotional and reflex excitability is exaggerated, and the will power correspondingly diminished, so that the patient loses control over the emotions, becomes the victim of imaginary sensations, and often falls into paroxism or fits

Freebase

  1. Hysteria

    Hysteria, in its colloquial use, describes unmanageable emotional excesses. People who are "hysterical" often lose self-control due to an overwhelming fear that may be caused by events in one's past that involved some sort of severe conflict. The fear can be centered on a body part, or most commonly, on an imagined problem with that body part. Disease is a common complaint; see also Body dysmorphic disorder and Hypochondriasis. Generally, modern medical professionals have given up the use of "hysteria" as a diagnostic category, replacing it with more precisely defined categories such as somatization disorder. In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association officially changed the diagnosis of "hysterical neurosis, conversion type" to "conversion disorder".

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hysteria

    Historical term for a chronic, but fluctuating, disorder beginning in early life and characterized by recurrent and multiple somatic complaints not apparently due to physical illness. This diagnosis is not used in contemporary practice.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

hysteria(noun)

a severe nervous upset which causes eg uncontrolled laughing or crying, imaginary illnesses etc.

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