Part of speech: noun

A periodic attack of disease; a fit; convulsion.

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Usage examples "paroxysm":

  1. The paroxysm had been one of the worst he had experienced. - "From the Housetops", George Barr McCutcheon.
  2. His strong, even grasp reassured her in a way that excited her wonder, and the nervous paroxysm of fear began to pass away. - "Nature's Serial Story", E. P. Roe.
  3. She knew well the springs which could move him to acts of self- sacrifice and devotion, but she had not thoroughly realized to herself that it was in a paroxysm of honorable emotion he had determined to accept the reverse of fortune, which would leave him penniless in the world. - "The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly", Charles James Lever.