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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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.
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?
com, said: "The death of event TV has been greatly exaggerated, Broadchurch drew the nation into a collective hysteria every Monday night for eight weeks, as who killed Danny Latimer became the talking point in the press, pubs, front rooms and factories up and down the country.
THE phenomenon is sometimes called collective hysteria or mass psychogenic disorder or mass hysteria.
Canned beer also chills better, and collective hysteria over BPA poisoning-a chemical in the lining of aluminum and plastic products-has gone out of vogue.