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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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paroxysm

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

noun
1. A condition of anguished struggle and disorder:
convulsion, throe (used in plural).
2. A violent, excruciating seizure of pain:
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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
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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
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paroxysm

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

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

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

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

n paroxismo
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The expressionist expression translates, far from any romantic expressiveness, the paroxysmic development of the differential intensity which expressionism mainly accounts for.
In other words, the Berlusconiland of 2010 brings to paroxysmic perfect accomplishment Debord's 1960s concept of a "society of spectacle," La Societe du spectacle: nothing is real unless it happens on a TV screen, preferably (in the case of Italy) one irradiated by the Prince's channels.
In Nouvel's terms, places "must be paroxysmic in order to attain intensity" (Equipe Nouvel, Livret 2 39).