n. sudden outburst of emotion or action; sudden attack, recurrence, or intensification of a disease
When he heard of his son's misdeeds, he was seized by a paroxysm of rage.
Sentence in Classic:
All the demoniacal force of the man masked behind that listless manner burst out in a paroxysm of energy.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
The attendant tells me that he was quiet until just before dawn, and that then he began to get uneasy, and at length violent, until at last he fell into a paroxysm which exhausted him so that he swooned into a sort of coma.
Such words, you may imagine, strongly excited my curiosity; but the paroxysm of grief that had seized the stranger overcame his weakened powers, and many hours of repose and tranquil conversation were necessary to restore his composure.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley Context
A saint who dwells in a paroxysm of abnegation is a dangerous neighbor; he might communicate to you, by contagion, an incurable poverty, an anchylosis of the joints, which are useful in advancement, and in short, more renunciation than you desire; and this infectious virtue is avoided.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
I am seized with a terrible, perhaps mortal illness; I can feel that the paroxysm is fast approaching.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context
A knowledge of its faded and jaded condition made the charge appear like a paroxysm, a display of the strength that comes before a final feebleness.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane Context
But stronger than all was maternal love, wrought into a paroxysm of frenzy by the near approach of a fearful danger.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe Context