The Weekend Word: Hysteria
August 19, 2006 by William K. Wolfrum
Main Entry: hys·te·ria
Pronunciation: his-’ter-E-&, -’tir-
Etymology: New Latin, from English hysteric, adjective, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos, from hystera womb; from the Greek notion that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances of the uterus
1: a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability and disturbances of the psychic, sensory, vasomotor, and visceral functions
2: behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess.
Now, let’s use it in a sentence: