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Definitions of hysteria

  1. neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A nervous affection, occurring almost exclusively in women, in which the emotional and reflex excitability is exaggerated, and the will power correspondingly diminished, so that the patient loses control over the emotions, becomes the victim of imaginary sensations, and often falls into paroxism or fits. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A nervous affection of women, characterized by choking sensations, spasms of laughter or weeping, and frequently by the imitating of other diseases. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Disease marked by nervous excitement or convulsion. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. A nervous affection cecurring typically in paroxysms of laughing and crying alternately. hysterics. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for hysteria

  1. It is occasionally a manifestation of hysteria – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson
  2. His tone was a dash of cold water thrown in the face of her rising hysteria – The Blood Red Dawn by Charles Caldwell Dobie
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