- to shake violently; agitate.
- to cause to shake violently with laughter, anger, pain, etc.
- to cause to suffer violent, spasmodic contractions of the muscles.
Origin of convulse
Examples from the Web for convulse
Lockett began to convulse violently, his head and chest rising up off the gurney multiple times as he called out, “Oh, man.”Lethal Injection Leads to the Most Botched Executions
Austin Sarat, Robert Henry Weaver, Heather Richard
April 30, 2014
A year later, it happened again, causing the emergency medical system to convulse into action once more.New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases
March 27, 2014
So is an change for the better, like birth and death which convulse the body.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
He was choking back the sobs that seemed of a sudden to convulse his frame.The Hero of Garside School
J. Harwood Panting
The movement that was to convulse the church had not yet begun.
They were just at the age when it takes so little to convulse girls.Interrupted
So is all change for the better, like birth and death, which convulse the body.On the Duty of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
- (tr) to shake or agitate violently
- (tr) to cause (muscles) to undergo violent spasms or contractions
- (intr often foll by with) informal to shake or be overcome (with violent emotion, esp laughter)
- (tr) to disrupt the normal running of (a country, etc)student riots have convulsed India
Word Origin and History for convulse
1640s, transitive; 1680s, intransitive; from Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere (transitive only) "to pull away, to pull this way and that, wrench," hence "to weaken, overthrow, destroy" (see convulsion). Related: Convulsed (1630s); convulsing.
- To affect or be affected with irregular and involuntary muscular contractions; throw or be thrown into convulsions.