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Definitions for hysteria
hɪˈstɛr i ə, -ˈstɪər-hys·te·ri·a

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. craze, delirium, frenzy, fury, hysterianoun

    state of violent mental agitation

  2. hysterianoun

    excessive or uncontrollable fear

  3. hysteria, hysterical neurosisnoun

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


  1. hysterianoun

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

  2. hysterianoun

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


  1. Hysteria

    Hysteria is a song by Finnish singer Anna Abreu from her fourth studio album, Rush (2011). Patric Sarin, who had previously worked with Abreu on her former two albums, wrote the song. It was produced by Jukka Immonen, the hitmaker responsible for producing all three of Finnish singer Jenni Vartiainen's albums, including Seili, which was certified 7xPlatinum and went on to become one of the highest-selling albums of all time in Finland. "Hysteria" is a Pop song that continues the Dance infusion Abreu started using during the Now era. It also contains elements of Synthpop. The song was released on 10 January 2011 in Finland, as the album's lead single.


  1. hysteria

    Hysteria is a psychological condition characterized by excessive emotional or physiological response to stimuli. It can manifest as uncontrolled fear, laughter, crying, anger, or other intense emotions, and in some cases, physical symptoms such as tremors, paralysis or fainting. The term is less commonly used in modern psychology, often replaced with more specific diagnoses. Historically, it was associated with conversion disorder and somatoform disorders.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hysterianoun

    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. Etymology: [NL.: cf. F. hystrie. See Hysteric.]


  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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  1. sheriyat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hysteria in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hysteria in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of hysteria in a Sentence

  1. Sean Hannity:

    [ Those are ] just a small exampleof the truly vile smears leveledagainst the two GOP memberson the Wayne County board ofcanvassers, and unfortunatelythis kind of hysteria andvitriol is not unique toDetroit.

  2. John Sifton:

    With the fall of Kabul on Aug. 15, it just turned into a massive hysteria over there with people trying to get out.

  3. Karen Burka:

    A lot of advertisers lined up to throw money at this stuff because they were caught up in the hysteria about the Web. But now they want to know how you make money selling a 1.59 bottle of dish detergent on the World Wide Web.

  4. Donald Trump:

    We don't have the slightest intention to interfere, the only thing I can tell you is that all this hysteria and public opinion, hysteria in official Washington and hysteria in American media, this is doing lots of harm to the future of our bilateral relations.

  5. Imran Khan:

    The truth always prevails and is always the best policy, bJP's attempt to win elections through whipping up war hysteria and false claims of downing a Pak F 16 has backfired with US Defense officials also confirming that no F16 was missing from Pakistan's fleet.

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