What does paroxysm mean?

Definitions for paroxysmˈpær əkˌsɪz əm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word paroxysm.

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

  3. Origin: [F. paroxysme, Gr. , fr. to sharpen, irritate; para` beside, beyond + to sharpen, from sharp.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paroxysm

    par′oks-izm, n. a fit of acute pain occurring at intervals: a fit of passion: any sudden violent action.—adjs. Paroxys′mal, Paroxys′mic, pertaining to, or occurring in, paroxysms. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. paroxysmospara, beyond, oxys, sharp.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paroxysm in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paroxysm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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