Hysteria definition

hĭ-stĕrē-ə, -stîr-
Any outbreak of wild, uncontrolled excitement or feeling, such as fits of laughing and crying.
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Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic.
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Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic.
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A psychiatric condition variously characterized by emotional excitability, excessive anxiety, sensory and motor disturbances, or the unconscious simulation of organic disorders, such as blindness, deafness, etc.
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A group of psychiatric symptoms, including heightened emotionality, attention-seeking behavior, and preoccupation with physical symptoms that may not be explainable by a medical condition. The term hysteria is no longer in clinical use, and such symptoms are currently attributed to any of several psychiatric conditions, including somatic symptom disorder, conversion disorder, and histrionic personality disorder.
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A group of psychiatric symptoms, including heightened emotionality, attention-seeking behavior, and physical symptoms in the absence of organic pathology. The symptoms of hysteria are currently attributed to any of several psychiatric conditions, including somatization disorder, multiple personality disorder, and histrionic personality disorder. The term hysteria is no longer used in clinical use.
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The definition of a hysteria is a craze or a state of extreme emotional excitement or upset.

When everyone is in a panic about a potential upcoming storm, this is an example of a time when there is great hysteria about the storm.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hysteria
Plural:
hysteri, hysterias

Origin of hysteria

  • New Latin hyster(ic) –ia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin hysteria, from hysteric, from Latin hystericus, from Ancient Greek ὑστερικός (hysterikos, “suffering in the uterus, hysterical”), from ὑστέρα (hustera, “womb”). Compare French hystérie.

    From Wiktionary