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Definition of paroxysm noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    paroxysm (of something)
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  1. 1a sudden strong feeling or expression of an emotion that cannot be controlled paroxysms of hate a paroxysm of laughter
  2. 2(medical) a sudden short attack of pain, causing physical shaking that cannot be controlled
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