Complete Definition of "paroxysm"

English

Noun
en-noun

  1. A random or sudden outburst (of activity).

#* «There, on the soft sand, a few feet away from our elders, we would sprawl all morning, in a petrified paroxysm of desire, and take advantage of every blessed quirk in space and time to touch each other [...] » - w:Vladimir Nabokov|Vladimir Nabokov, w:Lolita|Lolita, 1955

  1. A sudden recurrence of a disease.

Derived terms
paroxysmal

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