Origin of hysteric
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Or, they could distort the contents of the bill and attack anyone who disagreed with them as a legal Luddite and hysteric.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?
March 3, 2014
In short, he was still perfectly maintaining that biblical "is he a prophet, is he a hysteric" look.For One Night, Larry Kramer's Not Angry
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Gertrude bending over me in hysteric screams—so they told me afterwards.Shoulder-Straps
Miss Corelli's force is hysteric, but it is sometimes very real.My Contemporaries In Fiction
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After that, evidently the first attack of hysteric character followed.Psychotherapy
Red Jim stumbled to his feet with an inarticulate and hysteric exclamation.Susy, A Story of the Plains
In hysteric inversions of motion is some other part too much stimulated?Zoonomia, Vol. II
- a hysterical person
See also hysterics
C17: from Latin hystericus literally: of the womb, from Greek husterikos, from hustera the womb; from the belief that hysteria in women originated in disorders of the womb
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Word Origin and History for hysteric
1650s, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos "belonging to the womb" (see hysterical). As a noun from 1751.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A person suffering from hysteria.
- hysterics A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.
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