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  • n. Plural form of paroxysm.


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  • Mr. King defended his decision to hold hearings by attacking what he described as "paroxysms of rage and hysteria" from special-interest groups that opposed the inquiry.

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  • At midnight, I was in paroxysms of terror and my flashlight died.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • The folks who gave you unstinting approval of warrantless wiretapping, who applauded the Bush administration's surveillance on anti-war protesters, and who whooped in paroxysms of patriotic ecstasy as the Department of Justice under John Ashcroft loosened restrictions of the FBI to monitor and investigate "terror" groups such as people attending worship services at mosques or going to pot-lucks at Quaker meetings, are aghast over the revelation that the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring "right-wing extremist activity;" you know, like the people who blew up the federal building in Oklahoma City and planted bombs at the Olympics in Atlanta and targeted doctors who performed abortions for assassination.

    Look What They Found

  • We’re at Disney World, where, you know, if you don’t bounce around in paroxysms of joy they send the dogs after you.

    And Then, There Was Fun | Her Bad Mother

  • However, not to be too lugubrious, I am improving; that is, the paroxysms of this trouble are less severe, though I am far from being relieved of the burden.

    Autobiography and Letters of Orville Dewey, D.D. Edited by his Daughter

  • By today's standards, only the most fanatic Catholics would experience the kind of paroxysms of religious outrage that Madonna's "Like a Virgin" video and tour first evoked a quarter of a century ago.

    Michele Somerville: Holy Gaga! A Catholic Defense of 'Alejandro'

  • Dr. Givings treats women for hysteria by inducing "paroxysms" with the newly invented electric vibrator in the belief that the procedure "cleans the womb" of built-up fluids - a medical theory that Rapport delivers with a straight face, which makes it all the more comical.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • It would leave him in "paroxysms" of artistic delight.

    The Altoona Mirror

  • If one were to create a Richter scale for civil societies, and identify at what point they melt down into the kind of paroxysms of

    Augean Stables

  • “It belongs to the history of drunkenness to remark, that its paroxysms occur, like the paroxysms of many diseases, at certain periods, and after longer or shorter intervals.”

    A Renegade History of the United States


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