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convulsive

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of convulsive

  1. 1 marked by sudden or violent disturbance the assassination of Martin Luther King was one of the most convulsive events of the 1960s Synonyms of convulsive cataclysmal (or cataclysmic), stormy, tempestuous, tumultuous, turbulent Words Related to convulsive fitful, spasmodic, sporadic; boisterous, clamorous, furious, noisy, riotous Near Antonyms of convulsive calm, peaceful, placid, serene, tranquil, undisturbed, unperturbed, unshaken, untroubled

  2. 2 marked by bursts of destructive force or intense activity after a day of convulsive trading, the stock market was down 300 points Synonyms of convulsive bang-bang, blood-and-guts, violent, cyclonic, explosive, ferocious, fierce, furious, hammer-and-tongs, hot, knock-down, drag-out (or knock-down-and-drag-out), paroxysmal, rabid, rough, stormy, tempestuous, tumultuous, turbulent, volcanicWords Related to convulsive barbarous, brutal, savage, vicious; antagonistic, hostile; aggressive, assertive, bellicose, belligerent, combative, contentious, gladiatorial, pugnacious, quarrelsome, truculent; combustible, volatile; agitated, frantic, frenzied, mad; cataclysmal (or cataclysmic), destructive, ruinousNear Antonyms of convulsive calm, halcyon, pacific, serene, tranquil; nonbelligerent, unaggressiveAntonyms of convulsive nonviolent, peaceable, peaceful

Synonym Discussion of convulsive

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


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