- 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 convulsed
The video was filmed before the massive violence that convulsed Kiev this week, but its message is eerily prescient.The Viral Heroine Of The Maidan
February 21, 2014
At the sound of his name, the man on the floor raised his head and turned a convulsed face to Mr. Wilde.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
But the country has historically avoided the periodic upheavals that have convulsed regional states like Iraq and Syria.Egypt, a Nation Divided
July 23, 2013
As I write, Lithuanian politics are convulsed by allegations of vote buying by one of its political parties.
The ballot uncertainty that convulsed the nation after Florida's vote in 2000 could not happen in Mexico or Brazil.
For an instant her face was convulsed with a fairly demoniac fury.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
It gave Silvine a shock, so violent that it convulsed her in every fiber of her being.The Downfall
And he, who was usually so good-tempered and gentle, was convulsed with grief and anger.Doctor Pascal
The muscles of the man's eyes were convulsed by religious mania.The Christian
Why, when he looked up to begin, was Gino convulsed with silent laughter?Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
- (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 convulsed
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.