- convulsive disorder,
- conway, thomas,
Origin of convulsive
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|DAILY BEAST
Richard Nixon won big in 1972, for instance, at a time of deep and convulsive national unhappiness.
The sixth was small and dark, with nervous, convulsive movements.The Forged Coupon and Other Stories|Leo Tolstoy
I caught sight of the convulsive clasp with which she drew to her breast the tiny bundle she held; then darkness fell again.Room Number 3|Anna Katharine Green
Hayward bowed his head, while a convulsive tremor shook his frame.The Border Spy|Lieut. Col. Hazeltine
There was a groan—a smothered cry—a wild and convulsive movement among the sleeping Indians; and all again was silent.John Greenleaf Whittier|W. Sloane Kennedy
McCarthy, proud as the Old Guard, sat smoking on; only one leg was drawn up under the other in a tense, convulsive way.Stover at Yale|Owen Johnson
1610s, from French convulsif, from Medieval Latin *convulsivus, from convulsus, past participle of convellere (see convulse (v.)). Related: Convulsively.