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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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 There are multiple period thrillers, as projects wrestle with key issues – identity, peace, high-tech, big business, sacrifice, survival – crucial to these convulsive times. John Hopewell, Variety, 29 Aug. 2021 This has been true since last March, and the convulsive spread of the delta variant shows that deciding how to navigate the social landscape is as volatile as ever. San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 On the heels of a humbling year, the Oscars — usually a frothy night of self-congratulation — this year may feel more like a therapeutic rally for an industry in the midst of convulsive change. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2021 Nonetheless, the transition between the electric motor and gas engine is convulsive, and there's occasional lag when shifting. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 24 June 2021 His first wife, Maria Dmitrievna Isaeva, who knew nothing of his previous ailments, suddenly heard his unearthly shriek and witnessed his convulsive movements, fainting, foaming at the mouth, and uncontrolled urination. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 On the heels of a humbling year, the Oscars — usually a frothy night of self-congratulation — this year may feel more like a therapeutic rally for an industry in the midst of convulsive change. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Apr. 2021 On the heels of a humbling year, the Oscars — usually a frothy night of self-congratulation — this year may feel more like a therapeutic rally for an industry in the midst of convulsive change. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 There are endless appointments with doctors who are quick to pump her full of medications and electro-convulsive therapy with little regard for the physical or emotional side-effects. The Economist, 16 Apr. 2021

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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 24 Sep. 2021.

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convulsive

adjective

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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