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Definition of paroxysm:

  1. Any sudden and violent emotion; spasmodic passion or action; a convulsion; a fit.
  2. The fit, attack, or exacerbation, of a disease that occurs at intervals, or has decided remissions or intermissions.

Synonyms:

distress, blaze, excitement, outburst, flash, throe, twinge, violence, rage, pang, surge, spasm, attack, conniption, anguish, burst, upheaval, frenzy, flush, gush, outbreak, flare, pain, gust, outbreak, uproar, torment, wo, tumult, tranquillity, torture, bouleversement, cramp, fury, fit, agitation, gale, anger, ebullition, rush, eruption, peace, suffering, convulsion, tempest, turmoil, ache, explosion, flare-up, seizure, storm, calm, scene, cataclysm, furor, shoot, tantrum, spurt, earthquake, impulse, agony, passion.

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