What does the word paroxysm mean?

Usage examples for paroxysm

  1. The first Whipple, now recovered from his unseemly paroxysm, sat erect to study the newcomers in detail. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  2. Then he burst into a paroxysm of hysterical laughter which drowned for an instant a new hubbub in the street. – A Son of the Immortals by Louis Tracy
  3. At these words the son was seized with a paroxysm of rage. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai

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