hysteric


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hys·ter·ic

 (hĭ-stĕr′ĭk)
n.
1. hysterics(used with a sing. or pl. verb) A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.
2. A person suffering from hysteria. No longer in clinical use.

[From Latin hystericus, hysterical, from Greek husterikos, from husterā, womb (from the former idea that disturbances in the womb caused hysteria).]

hysteric

(hɪˈstɛrɪk)
n
a hysterical person
adj
hysterical
[C17: from Latin hystericus literally: of the womb, from Greek husterikos, from hustera the womb; from the belief that hysteria in women originated in disorders of the womb]

hys•ter•ic

(hɪˈstɛr ɪk)

n.
1. Usu., hysterics. a fit of uncontrollable laughter or weeping; hysteria.
2. a person subject to hysteria.
adj.
3. hysterical.
[1650–60; < Latin hystericus < Greek hysterikós, suffering in the womb, hysterical (reflecting the Greeks' belief that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances in the uterus); see hystero-, -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hysteric - a person suffering from hysteriahysteric - a person suffering from hysteria  
mental case, neurotic, psychoneurotic - a person suffering from neurosis
Adj.1.hysteric - characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria; "during hysterical conditions various functions of the human body are disordered"- Morris Fishbein; "hysterical amnesia"
psychoneurotic, neurotic - affected with emotional disorder
Translations

hys·ter·ic

, hysterical
a. histérico-a, rel. a la histeria o que padece de ella;
a. histéricamente;
v.
to get ___ponerse ___;
___ laughterrisa ___.
References in classic literature ?
So it proved with poor Hepzibah; for, when she saw the young man's smile,--looking so much the brighter on a thoughtful face,--and heard his kindly tone, she broke first into a hysteric giggle and then began to sob.
Tom and Miss Ophelia alone seemed to have any presence of mind; for Marie was in strong hysteric convulsions.
Her voice was succeeded by the hysteric shrieks of several women, but the feelings of the audience generally had not been drawn onward in the current with her own.
Rachel Lynde -- Herb Spencer's sad face, the uncontrolled, hysteric grief of one of Ruby's sisters -- but Anne would not talk of these things.
Her grandmother stood near, and shook her withered hands at my father, and shrieked her terrible prophecy, in the hysteric frenzy that possessed her when she saw the separation accomplished.
But he did not know, and so he only wondered, not alone at what he saw but at the strange sensations which played up and down his naked spine, sensations induced, doubtless, by the same hypnotic influence which held the black spectators in tense awe upon the verge of a hysteric upheaval.
And now Jones was unwillingly obliged to return to his own apartment, where at the very instant of his entrance he heard Lady Bellaston venting an exclamation, though not a very loud one; and at the same time saw her flinging herself into a chair in a vast agitation, which in a lady of a tender constitution would have been an hysteric fit.
The resulting delusions in very many cases disappear if the hysteric or lunatic can be made to face the facts about himself.
The spinster aunt uttered a piercing scream, burst into an hysteric laugh, and fell backwards in the arms of her nieces.
Then, seeing that Wakem had ridden off, and that no further violence was possible, she slackened her hold and burst into hysteric sobs, while poor Mrs.
I'll buy you quarts if you want it, but for heaven's sake don't have hysterics, for I've brought Jack Scott home to dinner, and.
She fell into violent hysterics immediately, with such screams as reached your brother's ears, as he was sitting in his own dressing-room down stairs, thinking about writing a letter to his steward in the country.