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Definition of hysteria:

  1. A nervous affection, occurring almost exclusively in women, in which the emotional and reflex excitability is exaggerated, and the will power correspondingly diminished, so that the patient loses control over the emotions, becomes the victim of imaginary sensations, and often falls into paroxism or fits.

Synonyms:

fierceness, furiousness, laughing jag, vehemence, rage, wildness, fad, confusion, convulsion, uproar, hysterical neurosis, crying jag, furore, paroxysm, excitement, violence, frenzy, furor, fit, nervousness, craze, delirium, fury, hysterics, cult, agitation, ferocity.

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