Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

convulsive

[kuh n-vuhl-siv] /kənˈvʌl sɪv/
adjective
1.
of the nature of or characterized by convulsions or spasms.
2.
producing or accompanied by convulsion:
convulsive rage.
Origin of convulsive
1605-1615
From the Latin word convulsīvus, dating back to 1605-15. See convulse, -ive
Related forms
convulsively, adverb
convulsiveness, noun
postconvulsive, adjective
unconvulsive, adjective
unconvulsively, adverb
unconvulsiveness, noun
Synonyms
1. spasmodic.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for convulsive
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Not until there was a convulsive jerk of Dozier's elbow did he stir his folded arms.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • 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.

  • "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 Alice Brown
  • Adams looked at her, and gesticulated shakily at the convulsive figure on the floor.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Not a sob, not a convulsive movement, accompanied their flow.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I took it in mine, and at once I felt it close on mine with a quick, convulsive strength.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
Word Origin and History for convulsive
adj.

1610s, from French convulsif, from Medieval Latin *convulsivus, from convulsus, past participle of convellere (see convulse (v.)). Related: Convulsively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
convulsive in Medicine

convulsive con·vul·sive (kən-vŭl'sĭv)
adj.

  1. Characterized by or having the nature of convulsions.

  2. Having or producing convulsions.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for convulsive

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for convulsive

18
24
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for convulsive