Hysteric Hys*ter"ic, Hysterical Hys*ter"ic*al, a. [L. hystericus, Gr. ?, fr. "yste`ra the womb; perh. akin to ? latter, later, and E. utter, out.] 1. Of or pertaining to hysteria. [1913 Webster]

With no hysteric weakness or feverish excitement, they preserved their peace and patience. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. In a state of hysteria; affected, or troubled, with hysterics; uncontrollably emotional; convulsive, fitful. [1913 Webster]

3. In a state of panic or behaving in a wild irrational manner, due to fear or emotional trauma. [PJC]

4. Resembling hysteria; as, hysterical laughter. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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