Synonyms of convulse

to make a series of small irregular or violent movements
  • convulsing with silent laughter as the inept pianist blithely played on

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shake, agitate, rock, convulse mean to move up and down or to and fro with some violence. shake often carries a further implication of a particular purpose. shake well before using agitate suggests a violent and prolonged tossing or stirring. an ocean agitated by storms rock suggests a swinging or swaying motion resulting from violent impact or upheaval. the whole city was rocked by the explosion convulse suggests a violent pulling or wrenching as of a body in a paroxysm. spectators were convulsed with laughter

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The first known use of convulse was in 1614

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“Convulse.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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