Meaning of paroxysm

par•ox•ysm

Pronunciation: (par'uk-siz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion: paroxysms of rage.
  2. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually recurring periodically.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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