Definitions for paroxysmˈpær əkˌsɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•ox•ysmˈpær əkˌsɪz əm(n.)

  1. any sudden, violent outburst, as of action or emotion:

    paroxysms of rage.

  2. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usu. recurring periodically.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of paroxysm:

1570–80; earlier paroxismos < Gk paroxysmós irritation, der. of paroxýnein to irritate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. paroxysm, fit, convulsion(noun)

    a sudden uncontrollable attack

    "a paroxysm of giggling"; "a fit of coughing"; "convulsions of laughter"


  1. paroxysm(Noun)

    A random or sudden outburst (of activity).

  2. paroxysm(Noun)

    An explosive event during a volcanic eruption.

  3. paroxysm(Noun)

    A sudden recurrence of a disease.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paroxysm(noun)

    the fit, attack, or exacerbation, of a disease that occurs at intervals, or has decided remissions or intermissions

  2. Paroxysm(noun)

    any sudden and violent emotion; spasmodic passion or action; a convulsion; a fit

Translations for paroxysm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sudden sharp attack (of pain, rage, laughter etc)

a paroxysm of coughing/fury.

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