[ kuh n-vuhl-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ kənˈvʌl ʃəˌnɛr i /


of or affected with convulsion.

noun, plural con·vul·sion·ar·ies.

a person who has convulsions, especially as a result of religious experience.

Origin of convulsionary

First recorded in 1735–45; convulsion + -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for convulsionary

  • He was a convulsionary, and his head would be found wedged into tight places whence it could hardly be extracted.

  • Formerly rude and convulsionary forces were actively at work, to compel chaos into anarchy and anarchy into order.

    In the Oregon Country|George Palmer Putnam