The crowd, delirious, cries and sobs in a paroxysm of despair.
After a while the paroxysm of drunkenness is completely formed.
He did not recognise me for some time, but as soon as he did, he fell into a paroxysm half hysterical, half frantic.
If this paroxysm of sorrow was to assail him again that night, there was but one place for him to be.
Before I had well reached the top of the passage and felt for the match-box on the slab, I was in a paroxysm of horror.
The deep-seated travail of his grief abruptly reached the paroxysm.
He was fairly beside himself in a paroxysm of rage and struck at the air with his clenched fist.
Sits down, breaks into a paroxysm of laughter, wild and continued.
The paroxysm was as short as it was violent, and her features again returned to their usual placidity of majestic beauty.
She looked up timidly; the paroxysm had passed, but her lashes yet glittered.
"sudden attack, convulsion," early 15c., from Middle French paroxysme (16c.), earlier paroxime (13c.), from Medieval Latin paroxysmus "irritation, fit of a disease," from Greek paroxysmos "irritation, exasperation," from paroxynein "to irritate, goad, provoke," from para- "beyond" (see para- (1)) + oxynein "sharpen, goad," from oxys "sharp, pointed" (see acrid). Non-medical sense first attested c.1600. Related: Paroxysmal.
paroxysm par·ox·ysm (pār'ək-sĭz'əm)
A sharp spasm or fit; a convulsion.
A sudden onset of a symptom or disease, especially one with recurrent manifestations, such as the chills and fever of malaria.