Origin of paroxysm
Examples from the Web for paroxysm
He burst into a paroxysm of self-applausive mirth over his joke, in which a couple of satellites near at hand joined.Little Miss Grouch|Samuel Hopkins Adams
He started to his feet in a paroxysm of indignation, which revealed his character to Pedgift Junior in an entirely new light.Armadale|Wilkie Collins
But there is no means of learning when the paroxysm commenced.Brood of the Witch-Queen|Sax Rohmer
The unhappy man threw himself into a chair in a paroxysm of frenzied agony.
They secured him until the paroxysm had spent itself, when they conveyed him to a neighbouring shanty.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1|John Charles Dent
British Dictionary definitions for paroxysm
- a sudden attack or recurrence of a disease
- any fit or convulsion
Word Origin for paroxysm
Word Origin and History for paroxysm
"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.