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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A sudden outburst of any kind of feeling or activity. Also: a sudden flare-up of illness.

Usage examples (35)
  • I am not sure that there was a great decrease in the actual physical suffering; I do know that the period of the paroxysm was reduced, since resistance seemed merely to...
  • A paroxysm of giggling
  • Her innards were in paroxysm, violently expelling what they no longer recognized as food.
  • The Greek word is the root of the English word paroxysm, which in medicine can stand for a seizure. for more
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