hysteria
noun Etymology: New Latin, from English hysteric, adjective, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos, from hystera womb; from the Greek notion that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances of the uterus Date: 1801 1. a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability and disturbances of the psychic, sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions 2. behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess <
political hysteria
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hysteric nounhysterical also hysteric adjectivehysterically adverb

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