Word of the Day – Paroxysm

By July 5, 2019 Word of the Day

Paroxysm (noun)

pa-roks-izm

A sudden attack or outburst of a particular emotion or activity.

Late Middle English from French paroxysme, via medieval Latin from Greek paroxusmos, from paroxunein ‘exasperate’, from para- ‘beyond’ + oxunein ‘sharpen’ (from oxus ‘sharp’).

Example sentences

“A paroxysm of coughing overtook his whole body.”

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