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paroxysm (noun) fit; sudden and uncontrollable feeling.

A paroxysm is a sudden expression of a strong feeling. A sudden strong attack of pain that causes a fit that cannot be controlled is a paroxysm. 'He had a paroxysm of rage on hearing that his daughter had eloped.' This means that his anger was so uncontrollable that he burst out into a rage. A sudden attack of pain that causes the body to shake uncontrollably is a paroxysm. When a person gets a paroxysm, they shake violently.

  • His removal from the board of directors put him in a paroxysm. He burst into a rage and was shaking with it when he heard the humiliating news.
  • In a paroxysm of sorrow, he began to sob uncontrollably.
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