Usually, hysterics. a fit of uncontrollable laughter or weeping; .
a person subject to .
Contemporary Examples

Or, they could distort the contents of the bill and attack anyone who disagreed with them as a legal Luddite and hysteric.
Are Opponents of Arizona’s Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive? Kirsten Powers March 2, 2014

In short, he was still perfectly maintaining that biblical “is he a prophet, is he a hysteric” look.
For One Night, Larry Kramer’s Not Angry Jacob Bernstein April 26, 2011

Historical Examples

More than once the choice was precipitately abandoned at the last moment and another card snatched at hysteric haphazard.
The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock

In hysteric inversions of motion is some other part too much stimulated?
Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin

Gertrude bending over me in hysteric screams—so they told me afterwards.
Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford

Miss Corelli’s force is hysteric, but it is sometimes very real.
My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray

She ended by a great fit of hysteric weeping that lasted half the night.
Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill

“Git down there, you hysteric son of a gun,” he said to the horse.
Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn

He still sat facing the bewildered lawyer, one moment sobbing convulsively, the next yelping with hysteric laughter.
John Thorndyke’s Cases R. Austin Freeman

It was succeeded by a quick, hysteric laugh, and then a dead silence.
Openings in the Old Trail Bret Harte

a hysterical person

1650s, from Latin hystericus, from Greek hysterikos “belonging to the womb” (see hysterical). As a noun from 1751.

hysteric hys·ter·ic (hĭ-stěr’ĭk)

A person suffering from hysteria.

hysterics A fit of uncontrollable laughing or crying.


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