hysteric

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hysteric characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria "during hysterical conditions various functions of the human body are disordered"- Morris Fishbein","hysterical amnesia"
    • n hysteric a person suffering from hysteria
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hysteric In a state of hysteria; affected, or troubled, with hysterics; uncontrollably emotional; convulsive, fitful.
    • Hysteric In a state of panic or behaving in a wild irrational manner, due to fear or emotional trauma.
    • Hysteric Of or pertaining to hysteria. "With no hysteric weakness or feverish excitement, they preserved their peace and patience."
    • Hysteric Resembling hysteria; as, hysterical laughter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hysteric Relating to, resulting from, affected with, or subject to hysteria.
    • hysteric Having the characteristics of hysteria; emotionally disordered; fitful; frantic.
    • n hysteric A fit of hysteria: commonly in the plural.
    • n hysteric A hysteric person; one who suffers from hysteria.
    • hysteric Same as hysteretic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hysteric his-ter′ik pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected with hysterics or hysteria: like hysterics, fitfully and violently emotional
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Quotations

  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
    “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. hystericus, Gr. , fr. "yste`ra the womb; perh. akin to latter, later, and E. utter, out,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. hystericus—Gr. hysterikoshystera, the womb.

Usage

In literature:

Once outside the church she indulged in a comfortable little burst of hysterics.
"The Luckiest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
Luck must have played a great part in it, but an hysterical agility in dodging must have been required, too.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
In him, the gesture indicated practically hysterical frustration.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Hysterical headache is not uncommon.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
This is a harmless sedative, and useful in hysterical affections.
"Food Remedies" by Florence Daniel
She had been so foolish and hysterical upon that far-off day when he had saved her life.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Blake was not sure, but he thought he heard her giggle, hysterically, in the darkness.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
Why hadn't she treated the girl for hysterics?
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
Another pushpot came soaring wildly into view, making hysterical outcries.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
Women were weeping hysterically and men embracing one another in silence and tears.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
At several other places where I called the women were almost hysterical.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
But sundry sounds, escaping, were unmistakably hysterical.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
We almost had child hysterics.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
It is not hysterical.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
Timson nearly went into hysterics at sight of the bill.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
Hysterics had given place to a sort of despairing resignation.
"The Outdoor Girls on Pine Island" by Laura Lee Hope
The only danger is likely to be found in hysterical persons.
"Complete Hypnotism: Mesmerism, Mind-Reading and Spiritualism" by A. Alpheus
She was hysterical when she heard his footstep approach once more, shrieked aloud for mercy.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
One or two of the women in the passage became hysterical.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
She snatched his hand and pressed it to her cheek hysterically.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
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In poetry:

Free . . . !
Dizzy, hysterical, faint,
I sit, and the carriage rolls on with me
Into the wonderful world.
"Discharged" by William Ernest Henley
The worlds are breaking in my head
Blown by the brainless wind
That comes from afar
Swollen with dusk and dust
And hysterical rain
"Yves Tanguy" by David Gascoyne
Then, oh, how charming it would be
If, when in haste hysteric
You called the page, you learned that he
Was grappling with a lyric.
"Facility" by Robert W Service
American Eagle! hysterical bird!
Oh, flap your wing and crow!
The slaves are embellished—yes, that's the word,
For Grandmother told me so!
"Grandmother Told Me So" by Henry Clay Work
We cry, we laugh; ah, life is half and half,
Now bright and joyous as a song of Herrick's,
Then chill and bare as funeral-minded Blair;
As fickle as a female in hysterics.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The real fun is if you keep on tickling him, he will repeat the same pattern but surprise you with other movements, such as falling back and kicking his feet or hitting the floor with his hand and laughing hysterically.
The Hysterical History of the Trojan War , written by D. M Larson, produced by special arrangement with www.freedrama.com, will be presented by the Carthage Middle School at 6:30 pm Thursday, March 15 at the school.
Hyster: Maximize Uptime and Profits Through Effective Fleet Management Practices.
The comedy, directed by Ian Hinz, takes the audience on a hysterical holiday ride through the intertwined lives of eight characters.
Am I An "Infantile" Or "Hysterical" Personality.
1926 – Silent film star Rudolph Valentino dies from a ruptured ulcer at the age of 31, sending tens of thousands of fans into a hysterical state of mass mourning (More info).
Many people think I'm in journalism, which is hysterical.
Hathaway was hysterical as Danes playing the mentally-unstable CIA agent, Carrie Mathison, on the Showtime series.
The hysterics ' definition of tyranny is being forced to buy health insurance to prevent them from becoming public charges — under terms identical to those prescribed by the man who was supposed to save us from servitude, Mitt Romney.
George Will can hardly be called a radical or extremist, and in this column he spells out exactly how delusional and hysterical the environmental and global warming lemmings have been in the last forty years.
7 hysterical things we sorta kinda really want to be for Halloween.
Inside the Kansas City home that Jovan Belcher fled, his baby daughter wailed, his mother was in hysterics and his girlfriend was quiet.
You people were in hysterics this week after expansion didn't involve anything Big 12 related.
North Koreans sob hysterically in footage posted by the government's propaganda mouthpiece, the Korean Central News Agency.
Some media critics lashed out at what they saw as hysterical coverage of hurricane Irene in the media.
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In science:

This region of tristability can be observed in Fig. 16(b), over the β range of hysteric transition between S1 and U near β = 2.3.
Synchronization by Reactive Coupling and Nonlinear Frequency Pulling
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