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I,' with hysterical cheerfulness, 'I—shall soon be able to dismiss it.

It was a hysterical blow, like a woman's, and with it the tears sprang to the faded eyes.

"It is easy to prove it," said the archer with hysterical haste.

It is merely an hysterical affection; nothing more, I am not uneasy.

Might it not rather be some unknown form of ulcer of hysterical origin?

The occupant was picked up in a hysterical condition and taken below.

Presently he fell in love most desperately with an hysterical woman and married her.

"Hysterical," he said to himself, calmer now that he had vented his feelings.

Then, overcome by an hysterical fit of despair, she burst into sobs.

The rest of the fleet went through a period of hysterical madness.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, from Latin hystericus "of the womb," from Greek hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb" (see uterus). Originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. Meaning "very funny" (by 1939) is from the notion of uncontrollable fits of laughter. Related: Hysterically.

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