The crowd, delirious, cries and sobs in a paroxysm of despair.
Saunders became vehement, and paid the penalty of a paroxysm of coughing.
He did not recognise me for some time, but as soon as he did, he fell into a paroxysm half hysterical, half frantic.
At last, as the paroxysm had reached its height, he bounded up from the bed and awoke.
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.
Lieutenant Feraud passed from one paroxysm of astonishment into another.
He was fairly beside himself in a paroxysm of rage and struck at the air with his clenched fist.
His desire of life tormented him in a paroxysm of agonising remorse.
The paroxysm was as short as it was violent, and her features again returned to their usual placidity of majestic beauty.
The next instant, he was down on his knees in a paroxysm of grief and despair.
"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.