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paroxysm

noun [C]     /ˈpær.ɒk.sɪ.zəm/ US  /ˈper.ək-/
a sudden and powerful expression of strong feeling , especially one that you cannot control : In a sudden paroxysm of jealousy he threw her clothes out of the window . paroxysms of laughter Strong feelings
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