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hysteric

[hi-ster-ik]
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noun
  1. Usually hysterics. a fit of uncontrollable laughter or weeping; hysteria.
  2. a person subject to hysteria.
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adjective
  1. hysterical.
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Origin of hysteric

1650–60; < Latin hystericus < Greek hysterikós, suffering in the womb, hysterical (reflecting the Greeks' belief that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances in the uterus); see hystero-, -ic
Related formsan·ti·hys·ter·ic, noun, adjective
Can be confusedhysterics histrionics
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Examples from the Web for hysteric

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  • Gertrude bending over me in hysteric screams—so they told me afterwards.

    Shoulder-Straps

    Henry Morford

  • Miss Corelli's force is hysteric, but it is sometimes very real.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction

    David Christie Murray

  • After that, evidently the first attack of hysteric character followed.

    Psychotherapy

    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • Red Jim stumbled to his feet with an inarticulate and hysteric exclamation.

  • In hysteric inversions of motion is some other part too much stimulated?

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin


British Dictionary definitions for hysteric

hysteric

noun
  1. a hysterical person
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adjective
  1. hysterical
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See also hysterics

Word Origin

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

adj.

1650s, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos "belonging to the womb" (see hysterical). As a noun from 1751.

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hysteric in Medicine

hysteric

(hĭ-stĕrĭk)
n.
  1. A person suffering from hysteria.
  2. hysterics A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.
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