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Synonyms for hysterical

characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria


marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion

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Stepping over to the two hysterical terriers, Daughtry called Michael to him.
The other fox-terrier, the one with the injured foreleg, endured Michael's sniff with no more than hysterical growls deep in the throat; but the flipping out of Michael's tongue was too much.
The shots that had been fired at Tarzan missed him, and he would have been upon Rokoff in another instant had not the great coward dodged backward between his two henchmen, and, screaming in hysterical terror, bolted forward toward the forecastle.
I kept asking myself in hysterical rage, waking up sometimes at three o'clock in the morning.
She did not wait for his compliance, but turning, retraced her steps to the brow of the precipice, murmuring to herself, in suppressed, hysterical sobs, My father
She was still in an excited, hysterical state, laughing convulsively at nothing and everything.
I remember the scene impelled me to sudden laughter, and in the next instant I realized I was becoming hysterical myself; for these were women of my own kind, like my mother and sisters, with the fear of death upon them and unwilling to die.
Moreover, to him the affair was commonplace; it was just an hysterical woman who had quarrelled with her lover and taken poison; it was constantly happening.
And now, for Jane Porter, the reaction came, and she threw herself upon the bench, sobbing with hysterical laughter.
Sonya burst into hysterical tears and replied through her sobs that she would do anything and was prepared for anything, but gave no actual promise and could not bring herself to decide to do what was demanded of her.
Clinging to him she fell into hysterical sobbings and cries, and for the next hour he did nothing but soothe and tend her.
Some one broke into hysterical laughter, a woman sobbed, and then Norman of Torn, wiping his blade upon the rushes of the floor as he had done upon another occasion in that same hall, spoke quietly to the master of Leybourn.
One or two of the Kru boys seemed on the verge of insanity - Francis himself was hysterical and faint.
Children can't help but giggle along when they hear his funny sayings and hysterical laughing sounds.
It was hysterical and Ed should feel flushed with success.