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paroxysm

par·ox·ysm

paroxysm

 
pronunciation:
pae rk sih zm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden strong outburst of feelings or actions.
Eventually, his paroxysm of weeping subsided, and he was able to speak again.
synonyms:
fit, outburst
similar words:
agony, conniption, explosion, frenzy, fury, gust, outbreak, passion, storm
definition 2: a sudden violent fit or attack of illness, usu. a recurring one.
synonyms:
attack, convulsion
similar words:
fit, flare-up, ictus, outbreak, outburst, seizure, throe
derivations: paroxysmal (adj.), paroxysmic (adj.), paroxysmally (adv.)