What does the word hysteria mean?

Usage examples for hysteria

  1. Then he had a momentary return of his hysteria and said: " I say, old boy, I should like to see a chart of our fortnight's cruise in Wilkinson's yacht." – The Ball and The Cross by G.K. Chesterton
  2. There had been, as the Chief and the Boss had hinted at in their conversation, a wave of hysteria which had swept over the city only a short time before regarding what had come to be called the " poisoned needle" cases. – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve

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