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hystericaladjective

uk   /hɪˈster.ɪ.kəl/  us   /hɪˈster.ɪ.kəl/
C1 unable to ​controlyourfeelings or ​behaviour because you are ​extremelyfrightened, ​angry, ​excited, etc.: Calm down, you're getting hysterical. The ​police were ​accused of hysterical over-reaction. hysterical ​laughter (= ​uncontrolledlaughter)
informal extremelyfunny: His last ​film was hysterical.

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hysterically
adverb uk   /hɪˈster.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /hɪˈster.ɪ.kəl.i/
She ​startedlaughing/​crying hysterically.
(Definition of hysterical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hystericaladjective

 us   /hɪˈster·ɪ·kəl/
unable to ​controlyouremotions or ​behavior because you are very ​frightened, ​excited, etc.: Calm down, you’re getting hysterical. She ​broke into hysterical ​laughter (= ​laughter that is ​uncontrollable). infml That ​joke was hysterical (= ​extremelyamusing).
hysterically
adverb [not gradable]  us   /hɪˈster·ɪk·li/
Gillian was ​laughing/​crying hysterically.
(Definition of hysterical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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