paroxysm

  • 1 paroxysm — ► NOUN ▪ a sudden attack or outburst: a paroxysm of weeping. DERIVATIVES paroxysmal adjective. ORIGIN Greek paroxusmos, from paroxunein exasperate …

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  • 2 Paroxysm — Par ox*ysm, n. [F. paroxysme, Gr. ?, fr. ? to sharpen, irritate; para 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 paroxysm — index outbreak, outburst Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 paroxysm — (n.) sudden attack, convulsion, 1570s, from M.Fr. paroxysme (16c.), earlier paroxime (13c.), from M.L. paroxysmus irritation, fit of a disease, from Gk. paroxysmos, from paroxynein to irritate, goad, from para beyond (see PARA (Cf. para )) +… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 paroxysm — spasm, convulsion, *fit, attack, access, accession …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 paroxysm — [n] seizure, spasm agitation, anger, attack, convulsion, eruption, excitement, explosion, fit, flare up*, frenzy, frothing, fuming, furor, fury, hysterics, outbreak, outburst, passion, rage, violence; concepts 308,316,410 …

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  • 7 paroxysm — [par′ək siz΄əm] n. [Fr paroxysme < ML paroxysmus < Gr paroxysmos < paroxynein, to excite, sharpen < para , beyond (see PARA 1) + oxynein, to sharpen < oxys, sharp: see OXY 2] 1. a sudden attack, or intensification of the symptoms,… …

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  • 8 paroxysm — [[t]pæ̱rəksɪzəm[/t]] paroxysms 1) N COUNT: usu N of n A paroxysm of emotion is a sudden, very strong occurrence of it. Later the same day, he exploded in a paroxysm of rage which continued for half an hour. ...a paroxysm of grief. Syn: fit 2) N… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 Paroxysm — In medicine, a paroxysm is a violent attack. It may be due to the sudden occurrence of symptoms or the acute exacerbation (the abrupt worsening) of preexisting symptoms. You may have a paroxysm of coughing as opposed, for example, to a lingering… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 10 paroxysm — UK [ˈpærəkˌsɪz(ə)m] / US [ˈperəkˌsɪzəm] noun [countable] Word forms paroxysm : singular paroxysm plural paroxysms formal a sudden uncontrolled expression of emotion paroxysm of: paroxysms of laughter …

    English dictionary

  • 11 paroxysm — noun Etymology: Middle English paroxism, from Medieval Latin paroxysmus, from Greek paroxysmos, from paroxynein to stimulate, from para + oxynein to provoke, from oxys sharp more at oxygen Date: 15th century 1. a fit, attack, or sudden increase… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 paroxysm — par|ox|ys|m [ˈpærəksızəm] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: paroxysme, from Greek paroxysmos, from paroxynein to encourage into action , from oxys sharp ] 1.) a sudden expression of strong feeling that you cannot control paroxysm of ▪ Had she …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 paroxysm — noun (C) 1 a paroxysm of rage/jealousy/laughter etc a sudden uncontrollable expression of strong feeling: Joshua suddenly broke out into a paroxysm of sobbing. 2 a sudden, short attack of pain, coughing, shaking etc (+ of): paroxysms of coughing… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 paroxysm — par|ox|ysm [ perək,sızəm ] noun count FORMAL a sudden uncontrolled expression of emotion: paroxysm of: paroxysms of laughter …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 paroxysm — [ parəksɪz(ə)m] noun a sudden attack or violent expression of something: a paroxysm of weeping. Derivatives paroxysmal adjective Origin ME: from Fr. paroxysme, via med. L. from Gk paroxusmos, from paroxunein exasperate , from para beyond +… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 paroxysm — paroxysmal, paroxysmic, adj. paroxysmally, adv. /par euhk siz euhm/, n. 1. any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion: paroxysms of rage. 2. Pathol. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually… …

    Universalium

  • 17 paroxysm — noun /ˈpæɹ.əkˌsɪz.əm/ a) A random or sudden outburst (of activity). b) A sudden recurrence of a disease …

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  • 18 paroxysm — Synonyms and related words: Jacksonian epilepsy, Rolandic epilepsy, abdominal epilepsy, access, acquired epilepsy, activated epilepsy, acute pain, affect epilepsy, akinetic epilepsy, amok, apoplexy, arrest, attack, autonomic epilepsy, bite, blaze …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 paroxysm — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. fit, seizure, spasm; convulsion, attack; outburst, frenzy. See agitation, violence, pain. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Outburst] Syn. passion, hysterics, outbreak, frenzy, furor, fury, violence, agitation,… …

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  • 20 paroxysm —  parquet flooring …

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