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. Arbuthnot.
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2. Any sudden and violent emotion; spasmodic passion or action; a convulsion; a fit.
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The returning paroxysms of diffidence and despair.
South.
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