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A tantrum is an emotional outburst that is typically characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, defiance, angry ranting, a resistance to attempts at pacification and, at some cases, hitting. Physical control may be lost, the person may be unable to remain still, and even if the "goal" of the person is met he or she may not be calmed.

A tantrum may be expressed in a tirade: a protracted, angry, or violent speech.

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