from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized or accompanied by paroxysm; resembling a paroxysm: coming by violent fits and starts; spasmodic.


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  • This is going to be sumbitch fun to watch: the self-appointed morals Proctors in paroxysmic outrage.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Nerve endings deadened by sensory onslaught triggered into paroxysmic action.

    Genellan- Planetfall

  • Not even one ungainly fan's paroxysmic dancing could convince me that the band's performance was anything but a bore.

    De La Soul, Kool Keith: Bitchers' Brew

  • Like the Quakers, they fancy that they honour inspiration by supposing it to be only extraordinary and paroxysmic: the true poet, like the rational Christian, believing that inspiration is continual and orderly, that it reveals harmonious laws, not merely excites sudden emotions.

    Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet An Autobiography


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