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mass hysteria

 

Definition:

  1. spontaneous, en masse development of identical physical and/or emotional symptoms among a group of people, as seen in a classroom of schoolchildren;
  2. a socially contagious frenzy of irrational behavior in a group of people as a reaction to an event.

Synonym(s): epidemic hysteria, mass sociogenic illness

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