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hysterical

adjective uk   us   /hɪˈster.ɪ.kəl/
C1 unable to control your feelings or behaviour because you are extremely frightened, angry, excited, etc.: Calm down, you're getting hysterical. The police were accused of hysterical over-reaction. hysterical laughter (= uncontrolled laughter) informal extremely funny: His last film was hysterical.
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hysterically
adverb uk   us   /-i/
She started laughing/crying hysterically (= without control).
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