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hysteria

noun [U] uk   /hɪˈstɪə.ri.ə/ us    /-ˈstɪr.i-/
extreme fear, excitement, anger, etc. which cannot be controlled: One woman, close to hysteria, grabbed my arm. Tabloid hysteria about the murders has increased public fears. mass hysteria
Translations of “hysteria”
in Korean 히스테리…
in Arabic هيستريا…
in French hystérie, hystérie (collective)…
in Turkish taşkınlık, galeyan, çılgınlık…
in Italian isterismo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 歇斯底里…
in Russian истерия…
in Polish histeria…
in Spanish histeria, histeria (colectiva)…
in Portuguese histeria…
in German die Hysterie…
in Catalan histèria…
in Japanese ヒステリー…
in Chinese (Simplified) 歇斯底里…
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