AskDefine | Define paroxysm

Dictionary Definition

paroxysm n : a sudden uncontrollable attack; "a paroxysm of giggling"; "a fit of coughing"; "convulsions of laughter" [syn: fit, convulsion]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

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 [...] » - Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, 1955
  2. A sudden recurrence of a disease.

Translations

random or sudden] outburst
  • Finnish: kohtaus
sudden recurrence of a disease
  • Finnish: kohtaus

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Paroxysm
For medical meanings see also paroxysmal attacks.

External links

paroxysm in German: Paroxysmus
paroxysm in Russian: Пароксизм
paroxysm in Swedish: Paroxysm

Synonyms, Antonyms 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, blockage, boring pain, breakup, burst, cardiac epilepsy, cat fit, cataclysm, charley horse, climax, clonic spasm, clonus, conniption, conniption fit, convulsion, cortical epilepsy, cramp, cramps, crick, cursive epilepsy, cyclone, darting pain, diastrophism, disaster, diurnal epilepsy, duck fit, eclampsia, epilepsia, epilepsia gravior, epilepsia major, epilepsia minor, epilepsia mitior, epilepsia nutans, epilepsia tarda, epilepsy, epitasis, eruption, explosion, falling sickness, fever, fit, fit of anger, fit of temper, flare-up, focal epilepsy, frenzy, fulgurant pain, furor, fury, gale, girdle pain, gnawing, grand mal, grip, griping, gust, haute mal, hitch, hurricane, hysterical epilepsy, ictus, irruption, jumping pain, kink, lancinating pain, larval epilepsy, laryngeal epilepsy, laryngospasm, latent epilepsy, lockjaw, matutinal epilepsy, menstrual epilepsy, murderous insanity, musicogenic epilepsy, myoclonous epilepsy, nip, nocturnal epilepsy, occlusion, orgasm, outbreak, outburst, overthrow, pang, petit mal, physiologic epilepsy, pinch, prick, psychic epilepsy, psychokinesia, psychomotor epilepsy, quake, rage, reflex epilepsy, rotatoria, seizure, sensory epilepsy, serial epilepsy, sexual climax, sharp pain, shoot, shooting, shooting pain, spasm, spell, stab, stabbing pain, stitch, stoppage, storm, stroke, tantrum, tardy epilepsy, temblor, temper tantrum, tempest, tetanus, tetany, thrill, throe, throes, thromboembolism, thrombosis, tidal wave, tonic epilepsy, tonic spasm, tormen, tornado, torsion spasm, traumatic epilepsy, trismus, tsunami, tweak, twinge, twitch, ucinate epilepsy, upheaval, visitation, whirlwind, wrench
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