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Emotional ImpactPlay
Hysteria conveys a strong emotional reaction that may seem irrational or exaggerated. SlideThe village was in hysteria after the sighting of an unidentified creature.
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Group BehaviorPlay
Often used to describe frenzied collective reactions, not just individual panic or fear. SlideThe crowd's hysteria grew as the concert was unexpectedly canceled.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
Usually has negative connotations, suggesting reactions are unreasonable or unmanageable. SlideThe media's portrayal of the incident caused widespread hysteria.