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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HYSTERICALLY

He was blubbering in her arms, hysterically, as she caressed him.

“He tried to strangle me, then he intended to shoot me,” she said hysterically.

"It were him I wanted," she said hysterically, hugging her little dead burden.

"It was dreadful of me to make such a mistake," said Mrs. Mann, hysterically.

"You come between me and my prayers" she said hysterically, and began to sob.

She began to laugh—not hysterically, but it was not a natural laugh.

The rest laughed, some hysterically, the most of them in thoughtless derision.

She threw out her hands and laughed suddenly and hysterically.

Carey screamed at them hysterically, urging them to greater efforts.

The synagogue, hysterically tense, caught the contagion of glad relief.

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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