[par-uh k-siz-uh m] /ˈpær əkˌsɪz əm/
any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion:
paroxysms of rage.
Pathology. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually recurring periodically.
an uncontrollable outburst: a paroxysm of giggling
“sudden attack, convulsion,” early 15c., from Middle French paroxysme (16c.), earlier paroxime (13c.), from Medieval Latin paroxysmus “irritation, fit of a disease,” from Greek paroxysmos “irritation, exasperation,” from paroxynein “to irritate, goad, provoke,” from para- “beyond” (see para- (1)) + oxynein “sharpen, goad,” from oxys “sharp, pointed” (see acrid). Non-medical sense first attested c.1600. Related: Paroxysmal.
paroxysm par·ox·ysm (pār’ək-sĭz’əm)
par’ox·ys’mal (-ək-sĭz’məl) adj.
[puh-rok-si-tohn] /pəˈrɒk sɪˌtoʊn/ Classical Greek Grammar adjective 1. having an acute accent on the next to the last syllable. noun 2. a paroxytone word. /pəˈrɒksɪˌtəʊn/ adjective 1. (in the classical Greek language) of, relating to, or denoting words having an acute accent on the next to last syllable noun 2. a paroxytone word
[pahr-puh n] /ˈpɑr pən/ noun 1. 1 .
/ˈpɑːpənd/ noun 1. other names for perpend1
[pahr-key] /pɑrˈkeɪ/ noun 1. a floor composed of short strips or blocks of wood forming a pattern, sometimes with inlays of other woods or other materials. 2. the part of the main floor of a theater, opera house, etc., that is between the musicians’ area and the parterre or rear division or, especially in the […]