mass hysteria

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mass hysteria

n.
A condition in which a large group of people exhibit similar physical or emotional symptoms, such as anxiety or extreme excitement. Also called epidemic hysteria.
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Noun1.mass hysteria - a condition in which a large group of people exhibit the same state of violent mental agitation
delirium, frenzy, hysteria, craze, fury - state of violent mental agitation
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Missing the cut in his first outing since sending his fans into a collective hysteria at the Masters was an anti-climax of epic proportions.
In some kinds of cracks, speculation is the one thing that takes root." Lyrical and beguiling, The Dreamers is a deeply immersive novel about a community in peril, collective hysteria, and the moral, emotional, individual and group choices we make when our lives, and those of our loved ones, are in danger.
FILM-MAKER Roman Polanski has called the #MeToo movement "collective hysteria" and "total hypocrisy".
Blunt and straight to the point is usually the best way to deal with the collective hysteria and delusional optimism that has been flying in the face of the facts.
We have been under molecule-melting heat and intensity for months now with every game relentless ratcheting up the pressure to the point of collective hysteria.
Britain seemed to have been gripped in a rising collective hysteria in the weeks before the event.
Beck attributes our collective hysteria to several factors, including the conservative backlash against feminism, homophobia, and growing trends in mass media, psychology, and law enforcement.
Amenabar touches upon themes of collective hysteria, devotion and selfsacrifice but becomes too bogged down in the mechanics of trying to scare us.
Amenabar touches upon themes of collective hysteria, devotion and self-sacrifice but becomes too bogged down in the mechanics of trying to scare us.
But a form of collective hysteria befell the nation when the campaigns began and everyone - not least the Conservatives - suddenly began to believe otherwise.
The boy is accused of saying that "French people should be killed" and journalists killed by terrorists on January 5 at the Charlie Hebdo magazine "deserved what they got." The Collective against Islamophopia, a group working against anti-Islamic discrimination said that the police action reflected "collective hysteria" since the attacks earlier in the month.
"I believe that the time is right for a film (from an insider) that captures the collective hysteria that swept across the City just before the bubble burst and what better way to examine that madness and excess than through the true story of a naive Welsh lad who got caught up in it all to such an extent that at one point it wasn't clear that he'd get out alive?