convulsive

adjective
con·​vul·​sive | \ kən-ˈvəl-siv How to pronounce convulsive (audio) \

Definition of convulsive

1a : constituting or producing a convulsion
b : caused by or affected with convulsions
2 : resembling a convulsion in being violent, sudden, frantic, or spasmodic convulsive laughter

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Other Words from convulsive

convulsively adverb
convulsiveness noun

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fitful, spasmodic, convulsive mean lacking steadiness or regularity in movement. fitful implies intermittence, a succession of starts and stops or risings and fallings. fitful sleep spasmodic adds to fitful the implication of rapid or violent activity alternating with inactivity. spasmodic growth convulsive suggests the breaking of regularity or quiet by uncontrolled movement. convulsive shocks

Examples of convulsive in a Sentence

the assassination of Martin Luther King was one of the most convulsive events of the 1960s after a day of convulsive trading, the stock market was down 300 points
Recent Examples on the Web When big convulsive economic events happen, the implications tend to take years to play out, and spiral in unpredictable directions. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "It’s the End of the World Economy as We Know It," 16 Apr. 2020 On the evening of the reunion, as locals continued to ululate and dance to a convulsive local beat called lakubukubu, Ms. Amony watched from afar. John Okot, The Christian Science Monitor, "She was forced to marry a warlord. Now, she’s helping survivors heal.," 15 Apr. 2020 There were winners and losers, and their story is one of convulsive struggle. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "These ‘missing’ Jacob Lawrence paintings are finally in a museum — and they’re masterpieces," 24 Jan. 2020 And it was preceded by an almost convulsive surge of artistic creativity that generated some of the moving sculptures ever made, including those seen here. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Desert Empires: Wonders to Behold," 30 Jan. 2020 The story of modern Iran has been one of convulsive political and social change. Eve Bower, CNN, "The voice of his homeland: Shirzad Bozorgmehr in Iran," 4 Oct. 2019 But the evidence is all too crushingly plain that the violent, convulsive new world order taking shape in this moment of climate reckoning is entirely the handiwork of a fatal set of preventable human system failures. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 To me, there was something convulsive about playing for five-plus and then deciding it all with a conventional first-to-seven, win-by-two tiebreak. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: In Defense of the WTA's Age Eligibility Rule," 31 July 2019 Jean drifts through the film in a convulsive trance of intensity that’s a whisper away from traumatized. Nick Romano, EW.com, "'Dark Phoenix' reviews: At least it's better than X-Men: Apocalypse…?," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of convulsive

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Convulsive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convulsive. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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convulsive

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of convulsive

: involving or causing a sudden violent shaking of the muscles in your body that you are unable to control
: causing the entire body to shake

convulsive

adjective
con·​vul·​sive | \ kən-ˈvəl-siv How to pronounce convulsive (audio) \

Kids Definition of convulsive

: causing or marked by violent, frantic, or jerky movement By convulsive efforts he got on his feet, staggered, and fell.— Jack London, The Call of the Wild

Other Words from convulsive

convulsively adverb

convulsive

adjective
con·​vul·​sive | \ kən-ˈvəl-siv How to pronounce convulsive (audio) \

Medical Definition of convulsive

1 : constituting or producing a convulsion convulsive disorders
2 : caused by or affected with convulsions convulsive motions a convulsive patient

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convulsively adverb

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