Synonyms and Antonyms of paroxysm
1 a sudden intense expression of strong feeling <a paroxysm of laughter greeted the pratfall> Synonyms agony, blaze, burst, ebullition, eruption, explosion, fit, flare, flare-up, flash, flush, gale, gush, gust, outburst, spasm, stormRelated Words blowup, grouch, rage, tantrum; ecstasy, rapture, transport; delirium, firestorm, frenzy, furor
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> Synonyms bouleversement, cataclysm, earthquake, convulsion, storm, tempest, tumult, upheaval, uproarRelated Words insurgency, insurrection, mutiny, overthrow, overturn, rebellion, revolt, revolution, subversion, unrest, uprising, upset; fit, seizure, spasm; eruption, flare-up, outbreak, outburst; bluster, bobbery, bustle, coil, commotion, furor, furore, fuss, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, pandemonium, rout, row, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, shindy, squall, stew, stir, to-do, turmoil, welter, williwaw; quaking, rocking, shaking, trembling
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