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convulsive

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1 marked by sudden or violent disturbance

  • the assassination of Martin Luther King was one of the most convulsive events of the 1960s
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2 marked by bursts of destructive force or intense activity

  • after a day of convulsive trading, the stock market was down 300 points
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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


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