Origin of hysterical
Synonyms for hysterical
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Contemporary Examples of hysterically
I mean, come on, this is the stuff of heartbreaking and hysterically funny reading, the two main ingredients for any great memoir.The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm
November 20, 2014
We hysterically condemn the use of a nonviolent tool that works.If You Want Two States, Support BDS
October 16, 2013
But when it happens to other people, it turns out, the practice is hysterically funny.How ‘Billy on the Street’ Host Billy Eichner Hit the Mainstream
February 12, 2013
Yet the Obama who hysterically declared Hurricane Irene “historic” also declared the swine flu a national emergency.Apocalypse When?
August 28, 2011
Historical Examples of hysterically
He broke into a loud laugh that jangled, hysterically cold, round the great, brilliant room."Persons Unknown"
"'Tis enough to make a woman shudder," cried Lady Betty, hysterically.His Grace of Osmonde
Frances Hodgson Burnett
She clung to him hysterically, as he shook hands with one after another of the few rescuers who had time to hurry in.Starlight Ranch
Noddy was hysterically thankful to the motor boys, but they well knew he might, at the first chance, play some mean trick on them.The Motor Boys After a Fortune
She had laughed throughout the supper, and she still laughed, hysterically, though she had drunk scarcely any wine.The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns
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.