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paroxysm

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of paroxysm

  1. 1 a sudden intense expression of strong feeling a paroxysm of laughter greeted the pratfall Synonyms of paroxysm agony, blaze, burst, ebullition, eruption, explosion, fit, flare, flare-up, flash, flush, gale, gush, gust, outburst, spasm, stormWords Related to paroxysm blowup, grouch, rage, tantrum; ecstasy, rapture, transport; delirium, firestorm, frenzy, furor

  2. 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 of paroxysm bouleversement, cataclysm, earthquake, convulsion, storm, tempest, tumult, upheaval, uproarWords Related to paroxysm 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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