paroxysm


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par·ox·ysm

 (păr′ək-sĭz′əm)
n.
1. A sudden outburst of emotion or action: a paroxysm of laughter.
2.
a. A sudden attack, recurrence, or intensification of a disease.
b. A spasm or fit; a convulsion.

[Middle English paroxism, periodic attack of a disease, from Medieval Latin paroxysmus, from Greek paroxusmos, from paroxūnein, to stimulate, irritate : para-, intensive pref.; see para-1 + oxūnein, to goad, sharpen (from oxus, sharp; see ak- in Indo-European roots).]

par′ox·ys′mal (-ək-sĭz′məl) adj.
par′ox·ys′mal·ly adv.

paroxysm

(ˈpærəkˌsɪzəm)
n
1. an uncontrollable outburst: a paroxysm of giggling.
2. (Pathology) pathol
a. a sudden attack or recurrence of a disease
b. any fit or convulsion
[C17: via French from Medieval Latin paroxysmus annoyance, from Greek paroxusmos, from paroxunein to goad, from para-1 (intensifier) + oxunein to sharpen, from oxus sharp]
ˌparoxˈysmal, ˌparoxˈysmic adj
ˌparoxˈysmally adv

par•ox•ysm

(ˈpær əkˌsɪz əm)

n.
1. any sudden, violent outburst, as of action or emotion: paroxysms of rage.
2. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usu. recurring periodically.
[1570–80; earlier paroxismos < Greek paroxysmós irritation, derivative of paroxýnein to irritate]
par`ox•ys′mal, adj.
par`ox•ys′mal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paroxysm - a sudden uncontrollable attack; "a paroxysm of giggling"; "a fit of coughing"; "convulsions of laughter"
attack - a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; "an attack of diarrhea"

paroxysm

noun outburst, attack, fit, seizure, flare-up (informal), eruption, spasm, convulsion She was overcome by a paroxysm of grief.

paroxysm

noun
1. A condition of anguished struggle and disorder:
convulsion, throe (used in plural).
2. A violent, excruciating seizure of pain:
Translations
نَوبَةٌ فُجائِيَّه
návalvýbuchzáchvat
anfald
ParoxysmusAnfall
kohtaus
paroksizam
kast
lēkme
şiddetli duygu boşalımı

paroxysm

[ˈpærəksɪzəm] Nparoxismo m
she broke into a paroxysm of coughingle dio un ataque muy fuerte de tos
it sent him into paroxysms of mirth/ragele hizo troncharse de risa/le produjo un ataque de ira

paroxysm

[ˈpærəksɪzəm] n
(MEDICINE)paroxysme m
(= spasm) [coughing] → quinte f
He broke into a paroxysm of coughing → Il fut pris d'une quinte de toux.
to send sb into paroxysms of laughter → faire hurler qn de rire
(= fit) [grief, anger] → accès m
in a paroxysm of rage → dans un accès de rage

paroxysm

nAnfall m; paroxysm of griefVerzweiflungsanfall m; to be seized by a paroxysm of rageeinen Wutanfall bekommen; paroxysms of laughterein Lachkrampf m

paroxysm

[ˈpærəkˌsɪzm] n (Med) → parossismo; (of laughter, coughing) → convulso; (of grief, anger) → attacco

paroxysm

(ˈpӕrəksizəm) noun
a sudden sharp attack (of pain, rage, laughter etc). a paroxysm of coughing/fury.

par·ox·ysm

n. paroxismo, ataque;
espasmo o convulsión;
síntomas que se repiten y se intensifican.

paroxysm

n paroxismo
References in classic literature ?
But stronger than all was maternal love, wrought into a paroxysm of frenzy by the near approach of a fearful danger.
As he had said, there was probably nothing at all extraordinary in the substance of the narrative itself: a wealthy Englishman's passion for a French dancer, and her treachery to him, were every- day matters enough, no doubt, in society; but there was something decidedly strange in the paroxysm of emotion which had suddenly seized him when he was in the act of expressing the present contentment of his mood, and his newly revived pleasure in the old hall and its environs.
I swept it along the carpet, and then memory burst in: my late anguish was swallowed in a paroxysm of despair.
To my relief, the paroxysm left her as suddenly as it had come.
Traddles, on which some paroxysm does not take place.
Wopsle's great-aunt fell into a state of coma; arising either from sleep or a rheumatic paroxysm.
When the paroxysm subsided she picked up the pieces, held them together as accurately as her trembling hands could, and read on.
And as to those mortal feuds which, in certain conjunctures, spread a conflagration through a whole nation, or through a very large proportion of it, proceeding either from weighty causes of discontent given by the government or from the contagion of some violent popular paroxysm, they do not fall within any ordinary rules of calculation.
I never saw a lunatic in such a paroxysm of rage before, and I hope I shall not again.
Had the poor man be an apoplectic, he could never have recovered from his paroxysm of wrath.
His paroxysm of rage over, he went on his way without once looking back.
What is more, even in the acutest paroxysm of this cowardly fever, I dreamed of getting the upper hand, of dominating them, carrying them away, making them like me--if only for my "elevation of thought and unmistakable wit.