Definitions for hysteriahɪˈstɛr i ə, -ˈstɪər-

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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

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

  2. Origin: [NL.: cf. F. hystrie. See Hysteric.]

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.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jerry Coleman:

    At the end, excitement maintained its hysteria.

  2. Juergen Grossmann:

    There was great hysteria, the government thought at the time that Germany was close to a nuclear disaster.

  3. Ibrahim Hooper:

    We are operating in an atmosphere of hysteria and fear, i have never seen it like this, not even after 9/11.

  4. Rachel Meeropol:

    The rule of law and the rights of human beings, whether citizens or not, must not be sacrificed in the face of national security hysteria.

  5. Alon Tal:

    Historically, Israeli demographic policy was formed by hysteria with regard to fear of an Arab demographic takeover, fueled by the rhetoric of politicians.

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