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paroxysm

noun

Definition of PAROXYSM

1
a sudden intense expression of strong feeling <a paroxysm of laughter greeted the pratfall>
2
a violent disturbance (as of the political or social order) <Darwin's introduction of the theory of evolution created paroxysms in both religion and science that are still being felt today>

March 28, 2015
persiflage Hear it
Frivolous bantering talk
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