hysteria hysteria  /hɪ ˈstɛ ri ə/


  1. (n) state of violent mental agitation
  2. (n) excessive or uncontrollable fear
  3. (n) neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions

Derived Word(s)


  • Agony and hysteria as zealots seize the Sacred Mosque It was as great a sacrilege to devout Muslims as an attack on Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre would be to.


  1. Fox’s Brit Hume Dismisses NSA Uproar As ‘Misplaced Hysteria’: ‘There Haven’t Been Any Abuses’

    Appearing on FoxNews.com Tuesday afternoon, Fox senior political analyst Brit Hume dismissed the uproar over the National Security Agency's snooping revelations as "misplaced hysteria," adding that he sees no "abuse" whatsoever in what has been revealed. If anything, he said, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is the one who committed an abuse.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Mediaite

  2. Why Can't You Rent A Citi Bike For 45 Minutes? Capitalism, Man

    [UPDATE BELOW] Citi Bike hysteria has largely abated, but that doesn't mean cyclists aren't still adapting to the system's quirks. I experienced my first annoyance this weekend when trying to pedal from Battery Park City to Rockefeller Center, and realized somewhere around Hudson River Park that I had a better chance of sprouting wings than making it there in my allotted 30 minutes. Annoyed, I ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Gothamist

  3. Now That The Truth About Government Internet Spying Is Coming Out, The Hysteria Is Dying Down

    As the actual details of the government's data collection under its "PRISM" intelligence program are emerging, the hysteria that followed the initial reports is, justifiably, dying down.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Business Insider


  1. Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday it was unfortunate that a "sort of war hysteria" has been created in Pakistan.
    on Dec 27, 2008 By: Pranab Mukherjee Source: FOXNews

  2. "Today even as Pakistan engages in whipping up war hysteria, our nation remains steadfastly united and if anything the process of national consolidation is becoming stronger," Singh told a security conference in New Delhi. "The terrorist...
    on Jan 5, 2009 By: Manmohan Singh Source: Reuters

  3. Putin, visiting Uzbekistan to promote the launch of a natural gas pipeline Tuesday, said that its response to ships would be "calm, without any sort of hysteria. But of course, there will be an answer," the Associated Press reported.
    on Sep 2, 2008 By: Vladimir Putin Source: CNN International

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