Word of the Day: Paroxysm

Today's Word of the Day aptly describes some of the reaction to Pope Benedict's remarks.
paroxysm (PAIR-uhk-siz-uhm), n: 1. (Medicine) A sudden attack, intensification, or recurrence of a disease. 2. Any sudden and violent emotion or action; an outburst; a fit.
Tragically, unhappy Muslims are engaging in paroxysms of violence.