paroxysm


paroxysm
[[t]pæ̱rəksɪzəm[/t]]
paroxysms
1) N-COUNT: usu N of n A paroxysm of emotion is a sudden, very strong occurrence of it.

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.

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English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:
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