Origin of convulsive
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Examples from the Web for convulsive
In the throes of its convulsive Cultural Revolution, with exactly one ambassador permitted overseas, Beijing was totally isolated.Winston Lord and Leslie H. Gelb: Nixon’s China Opening, 40 Years Later
Winston Lord, Leslie H. Gelb
February 20, 2012
Richard Nixon won big in 1972, for instance, at a time of deep and convulsive national unhappiness.Obama’s Era of Decline
August 8, 2011
Not until there was a convulsive jerk of Dozier's elbow did he stir his folded arms.Way of the Lawless
It never occurred to her that she might be the cause of that convulsive outburst.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
He was pale as death, and his lips trembled with convulsive motion.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
"Yes," and as the girl replied a convulsive shudder racked her frame.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
He had kept Rosa's hand in a convulsive grasp, and he drew her with him into the eye of the world.Meadow Grass
Word Origin and History for convulsive
1610s, from French convulsif, from Medieval Latin *convulsivus, from convulsus, past participle of convellere (see convulse (v.)). Related: Convulsively.
- Characterized by or having the nature of convulsions.
- Having or producing convulsions.