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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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Nicole started to cry hysterically before she looked up at the screen.
In conjunction with the UN Security Council resolution to send international observers to monitor the implementation of the initiative of the UN envoy Kofi Annan, the armed terrorist groups have hysterically escalated their aggressions on the army, the law enforcement forces and the civilians," said the military source.
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Having assumed power on the back of a catalogue of pre-election half-truths, the Tories and Liberals have spent their time hysterically exaggerating Britain's debt, in order to give themselves the excuses they need to impose unjustified cuts right, left and centre.
My daughter hysterically replied, "I must be killed first.
Cassandra's Dream is every bit as disappointing as Match Point with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and the still unreleased comedy Scoop with Scarlett Johansson and Hugh Jackman Indeed, as dreams go, this new film is more of a nightmare, especially for leading men Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell, who wrestle with hysterically strained London accents that distract our wavering attention from the clumsy dialogue and ludicrous plotting.
Some of the customers have been laughing hysterically and some of the others seem to go the other way to avoid us
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You're trying your darnedest to maintain your composure, but you simply cannot stop giggling hysterically.
She laughs hysterically when recalling the hair styles she's given throughout the years -- the Dorothy Hamill wedge, the Afro perm, the Janis Joplin.
What results is not so much the dispelling of illusion through an assertion of the image's flatness as the creation of a space that might be called hysterically impenetrable--one that simultaneously invites and rejects our ability to experience it as "real.