What does the word paroxysm mean?

Usage examples for paroxysm

  1. The paroxysm had been one of the worst he had experienced. – From the Housetops by 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 by 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 by Charles James Lever