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hysterics (n.)

"fits or convulsions of hysteria," 1727, from hysteric "relating to or affected with hysteria; emotionally disordered and frantic" (see hysterical); also see -ics. Sometimes in 19c. jocular use folk-etymologized as high-strikes (1838).

updated on December 21, 2021

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Definitions of hysterics from WordNet

hysterics (n.)
an attack of hysteria;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.