What does hysteria mean?

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

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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


  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.]


  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. 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. Juergen Grossmann:

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

  2. Sean Darby:

    Contrary to the hype and hysteria that has accompanied the fall in China share prices, there is unlikely to be any impact on bank solvency or underlying credit conditions.

  3. Roland Barthes:

    To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.

  4. Alexei Pushkov:

    The fact that a Putin-Trump meeting will happen says only one thing: that for all its hysteria, the United States is not able to isolate or ignore Russia, it took a long time for Washington to get that idea, but it got there in the end.

  5. Ronald Primas:

    You have to understand the psyche of the time. Everyone was on high alert, it was a year post 9/11, a year after the anthrax scare, they were in top security mode. A nurse was screaming,' Get her into a room. She's contagious !' There was hysteria.

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