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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 ?
You're in the plot--you made him marry, thinking that I'd leave my money from him-- you did, Martha," the poor old lady screamed in hysteric sentences.
The spinster aunt uttered a piercing scream, burst into an hysteric laugh, and fell backwards in the arms of her nieces.
You'll find out if you work him into a tantrum after this--but at any rate you've given him something to have hysterics about, and I'm glad of it.
But the trouble was that the hysterics could not go on for ever, and (I am writing the loathsome truth) lying face downwards on the sofa with my face thrust into my nasty leather pillow, I began by degrees to be aware of a far-away, involuntary but irresistible feeling that it would be awkward now for me to raise my head and look Liza straight in the face.
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.
And even when the rest have in some measure come to themselves again, and can find words and smiles, Barbara--that soft-hearted, gentle, foolish little Barbara--is suddenly missed, and found to be in a swoon by herself in the back parlour, from which swoon she falls into hysterics, and from which hysterics into a swoon again, and is, indeed, so bad, that despite a mortal quantity of vinegar and cold water she is hardly a bit better at last than she was at first.
Is there a form of hysterics that bursts into words instead of tears?
Tell me what it all means," said I, in a state bordering on hysterics.
My aunt, with one clap of her hands, and one look through her spectacles, immediately went into hysterics, for the first and only time in all my knowledge of her.
They are less easily excited off their balance; they can recognize and obey their master's voice in the scuffle and rage of battle; and they never fly into nervous hysterics such as are common, say, with fox-terriers.
Just then a piercing cry, ending in a sob, burst from the centre of the crowd, who encircled the lady who had before fainted, and who now fell into a violent fit of hysterics.
The day the fleurs de lys were cut out of the medallions of the treasury, and the king laid down his arms, I thought our mistress would have had the hysterics on our account.