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- Of, or arising from hysteria.
- Having, or prone to having hysterics.
- Provoking uncontrollable laughter.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth, and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.
2016 February 6, James Zogby, “Israel’s prickliness blocks the long quest for peace”, in The National:
- There is a certain irony in all of this because in their hysterical use of charge of “double standard” – that Israel is being “singled out for criticism”– it is Israel’s supporters who are themselves guilty of a “double standard”, since, if they were to have their way, it is Israel that would be singled out as the only country that cannot be criticised.
- Like many terms that start with a non-silent h but have emphasis on their second syllable, some people precede hysterical with an, others with a.
arising from hysteria
prone to having hysterics