Later the same day, he exploded in a paroxysm of rage which continued for half an hour.
...a paroxysm of grief.Syn:2) N-COUNT: usu N of n/-ing A paroxysm is a series of sudden, violent, uncontrollable movements that your body makes because you are coughing, laughing, or in great pain.
If he lay on his right side, he broke into a paroxysm of coughing.Syn:
English dictionary. 2008.