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Related to hysterical: hysterical paroxysm, hysterical personality, Hysterical personality disorder

hys·ter·ic

, hysterical (his-ter'ik, his-ter'i-kăl),
Relating to or characterized by hysteria. See: conversion.

hysterical

(hĭ-stĕr′ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Exhibiting spasmodic, uncontrolled emotion: became hysterical when the airplane lurched; hysterical laughter.
2. Psychiatry Relating to hysteria. No longer in clinical use.

hys·ter′i·cal·ly adv.
Pop psychology Referring to a state of extreme agitation

hysterical

Pop psychology adjective Referring to a state of extreme agitation Vox populi Laugh, laugh, much, much; hilarious; jocular
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Here was the secret of her blanched face, her shaken nerves, her peals of hysterical laughter on the next morning.
Stepping over to the two hysterical terriers, Daughtry called Michael to him.
The other fox-terrier, the one with the injured foreleg, endured Michael's sniff with no more than hysterical growls deep in the throat; but the flipping out of Michael's tongue was too much.
I remember the scene impelled me to sudden laughter, and in the next instant I realized I was becoming hysterical myself; for these were women of my own kind, like my mother and sisters, with the fear of death upon them and unwilling to die.
Mary, who was hysterical, had evinced a desire to cling to him, and he had sent her sliding across the top of the table to Saxon.
Sowerberry said this, she gave an hysterical laugh, which threatened violent consequences.
Here, there was another hysterical laugh, which frightened Mr.
THERE always seems to be someone that sounds like The Hysterical Injury (pictured).
Micale's Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness (Harvard up, 1998) in which the author discusses Freud's five-year treatment of "Herr E.
In these circumstances it is completely nonsensical for me to indulge this increasingly hysterical conversation.
Popular medicine, hysterical disease, and social controversy in Shakespeare's England.
It is simply irresponsible to assert that MMR suits all children and that anyone who disagrees is a hysterical parent.