Origin of hysteric
Examples from the Web for hysterics
“I have a horror of hysterics or sentimentality,” he explained.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
And as soon as James yelled “cut,” they both burst into hysterics.Exclusive: A Photo Essay on the Making of ‘The Spectacular Now’
Michael H. Weber, Scott Neustadter
August 8, 2013
Though she prefers the phrase “going away” to the word “jail,” which sent her into hysterics in a recent episode.Teresa Giudice’s Crazy ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Journey
Stacey Grenrock Woods
July 11, 2012
The Newsroom transforms its female characters into hysterics and fools.HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’: Aaron Sorkin’s Woman Problem
Jace Lacob, Maureen Ryan
July 2, 2012
Back in 2007, a bubbly Diaz showed Jay Leno her burping skills on late-night TV and then went into hysterics.9 Most Annoying Celebrity Laughers
October 28, 2011
Think of Mrs M. falling into hysterics about a Captain Hope!
Vice was like hysterics—the more kindness you showed the worse grew the patient!Weighed and Wanting
The great specialist had admitted nerves; hysterics had no standing with him.Her Father's Daughter
The landlady was already in hysterics; the Vogt girls were pale but plucky.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
He actually had what in these days we call a fit of hysterics.The Boy Life of Napoleon
- an attack of hysteria
- informal wild uncontrollable bursts of laughter
- a hysterical person
Word Origin and History for hysterics
1727, from hysterical. Sometimes in 19c. jocularly folk-etymologized as high-strikes (1838).
1650s, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos "belonging to the womb" (see hysterical). As a noun from 1751.
- A person suffering from hysteria.
- hysterics A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.