Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Entry: paroxysmic (adj.)


In context: "My overall demeanor was paroxysmic."

Definition: Likely 3.a. . A violent attack or outburst of emotion or activity, but also see  1. Med. An episode of increased acuteness or severity of a disease, esp. one recurring periodically in the course of the disease; a sudden recurrence or attack, e.g. of coughing; a sudden worsening of symptoms.


Other: A surprisingly early first usage (1413!).  At any rate, probably not your first adjective choice for an online dating profile.

SNOOT score: 2


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Source: Oxford English Dictionary   


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