a sudden, severe attack of the symptoms of a disease, usually recurring periodically; a sudden outburst of emotion
In The Sea-Wolf by Jack London, Wolf Larsen's paroxysms lead to his eventual death.
by mephisto97 July 22, 2010
a fit, attack, or sudden increase or recurrence of symptoms
In this violent paroxysm the whole top of the mountain is believed to have been swept away.
by Your Grim Reaper June 24, 2003