Word of the Week Wednesday: paroxysm


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: paroxysm.

A paroxysm is an uncontrollable outburst or fit.

Clinically, it is used to describe things like seizures.

Less formally, it describes a sudden outburst of emotion as in a paroxysm of rage or laughter.  It is not only sudden and uncontrollable, but should also be outwardly obvious.

The word comes from the Greek root oxy- meaning sharp or acute which describes both the suddenness and the intensity of the outburst.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

One Response to Word of the Week Wednesday: paroxysm

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