Word of the Day

courtesy of Dictionary.com:

paroxysm \PAIR-uhk-siz-uhm\, noun:
1. (Medicine) A sudden attack, intensification, or recurrence of a disease.
2. Any sudden and violent emotion or action; an outburst; a fit.
Paroxysm is from Greek paroxusmos, from paroxunein, “to irritate, provoke or excite (literally to sharpen excessively),” from para-, “beyond” + oxunein, “to sharpen, to provoke.”

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