Origin of hysterical
Synonyms for hysterical
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What follows is hysterical, painful, weird, and strangely touching—a true Festivus for the rest of us.
Every night, I speak to the islands of the Caribbean in the language of hysterical storms.
They converted what should have been a long-overdue moral reckoning into a shallow and hysterical ratings bonanza.
But Robin Williams will, sadly, no longer be sending us into hysterical fits of laughter.Robin Williams, Hollywood’s Grand Jester, Is Dead at 63|Marlow Stern|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Women fainted, men sobbed, while children in shock picked their way through the crowds of hysterical adults.The Hanging Judge of Minya, Egypt, Sentences Hundreds to Death|Bel Trew|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here is no wild exaltation, no hysterical obedience to hotly-conceived impulse.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series|Rafael Sabatini
Her hysterical caresses awakened him and the little fellow could not understand what ailed his mother.Bengal Dacoits and Tigers|Maharanee Sunity Devee
It struck her as a species of ghastly sentiment, which at once distressed, and impelled her to hysterical mirth.The Butterfly House|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The third or fourth year represents the age limit, below which hysterical symptoms do not appear.The Nervous Child|Hector Charles Cameron
He flung himself into his chair, hid his face with his hands, and burst into hysterical tears.Eric, or Little by Little|Frederic W. Farrar
1610s, from Latin hystericus "of the womb," from Greek hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb" (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. Meaning "very funny" (by 1939) is from the notion of uncontrollable fits of laughter. Related: Hysterically.