hysteria: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hi-ster'ē-u, -stēr'-), [key]
- an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc.
- a psychoneurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks, disturbances of sensory and motor functions, and various abnormal effects due to autosuggestion.
- SeeCf. mass hysteria.
- hysteria (Thesaurus)