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(n) a severe and sudden fit of pain or anger, etc. Origin: L para-, beyond + oxys, sharp The Thakur, in a paroxysm of rage, seized his sword and cut off the peasant's body into two halves. It was only after he had cooled down somewhat that he became aware of the horridity of what he had done. A violent fit of coughing interrupted her, and when the paroxysm was over she was too exhausted to speak.

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