A random or sudden outburst (of activity).
* 1903 , (Jack London), (The Call of the Wild)
- Unable to turn his back on the fanged danger and go on, the bull would be driven into paroxysms of rage.
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm
had passed it left him shaking.}}
* 1955 , (Vladimir Nabokov), (Lolita)
* 1983 , (John Fowles), Mantissa
- «There, on the soft sand, a few feet away from our elders, we would sprawl all morning, in a petrified paroxysm of desire, and take advantage of every blessed quirk in space and time to touch each other»
An explosive event during a volcanic eruption.
A sudden recurrence of a disease.
- Indeed in his excitement at this breakthrough he inadvertently dug his nails into the nurse's bottom, a gesture she misinterpreted, so that he had to suffer a paroxysm of breasts and loins in response.
(often, pluralized) paroxysm of extreme physical pain or anguish; sudden and transitory agony; throe
* 1591 , , Henry VI, Part II , act 3, sc. 3,
* 1888 , , "The Nightingale and the Rose" in The Happy Prince and Other Tales ,
- See, how the pangs of death do make him grin!
(often, pluralized) A sharp, sudden feeling of a mental or emotional nature, as of joy or sorrow
* 1867 , , The Guardian Angel , ch. 7,
- So the Nightingale pressed closer against the thorn, and the thorn touched her heart, and a fierce pang of pain shot through her.
- He was startled with a piece of information which gave him such an exquisite pang of delight that he could hardly keep the usual quiet of his demeanor.
to torment; to torture; to cause to have great pain or suffering
* 1918 , , "On Unanswering Letters" in Mince Pie ,
- It panged him so to say good-bye when he had to leave.