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Meaning of PAROXYSM

Pronunciation:  'paruk`sizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a sudden uncontrollable attack; "a paroxysm of giggling"; "a fit of coughing"
 

PAROXYSM is a 8 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: fit
 
 See Also: attack

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Par"ox*ysm\, n. [F. paroxysme, Gr. ?, fr. ? to
sharpen, irritate; ? beside, beyond + ? to sharpen, from ?
sharp.]
1. (Med.) The fit, attack, or exacerbation, of a disease that
   occurs at intervals, or has decided remissions or
   intermissions. --Arbuthnot.

2. Any sudden and violent emotion; spasmodic passion or
   action; a convulsion; a fit.

         The returning paroxysms of diffidence and despair.
                                               --South.

 
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