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Word: paroxysm

Definition: fit or attack of pain, laughter, rage; sudden outburst


Sentences Containing 'paroxysm'

I am seized with a terrible, perhaps mortal illness; I can feel that the paroxysm is fast approaching.
And then, falling upon the chair nearest the door, she burst into a paroxysm of sobs.
The doctor left him in this paroxysm, knowing that he could do nothing to alleviate it, and, going up to Noirtier, said abruptly,``How do you find yourself?
Beauchamp, who had watched with sincere pity the young man's paroxysm of grief, approached him.
cried Morrel, in such a paroxysm of terror that Monte Cristo started, he whom the falling heavens would have found unmoved;``you knew it, and said nothing?''
groaned forth Villefort, in a paroxysm of grief, which was the more terrible from the novelty of the sensation in the iron heart of that man.
Villefort rose, half ashamed of being surprised in such a paroxysm of grief.
And, in her first paroxysm of terror, she had raised herself from the sofa, in the next, stronger very likely than the other, she fell down again on the cushions.
Claudia recovered from her fainting fit, but not so Don Vicente from the paroxysm that had overtaken him, for his life had come to an end.
Scarcely a day passes, I assure Mr. Traddles, on which some paroxysm does not take place.
From this document, I learned that Mr. Micawber being again arrested, 'Was in a final paroxysm of despair; and that he begged me to send him his knife and pint pot, by bearer, as they might prove serviceable during the brief remainder of his existence, in jail.

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