- pertaining to or of the nature of a spasm; characterized by spasms.
- resembling a spasm or spasms; sudden but brief; sporadic: spasmodic efforts at reform.
- given to or characterized by bursts of excitement.
Origin of spasmodic
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Related Words for spasmodicchangeable, choppy, desultory, fitful, intermittent, irregular, jerky, periodic, shaky, sporadic, spotty, uncertain, convulsive, spastic
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Historical Examples of spasmodic
It was an element of spasmodic conscience than he saw here, and it troubled him.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Shocked into spasmodic action, the American jumped from barrel to ratlines.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
It was strange that he should have slept at all, for there had been spasmodic firing all night.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
The sole shadow on his career was a spasmodic tendency to be bored. 'A Great Man
But the benefit is spasmodic, discontinuous, and extremely limited.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
- taking place in sudden brief spells
- of or characterized by spasms
Word Origin for spasmodic
1681, from Medieval Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmodes "of the nature of a spasm," from spasmos (see spasm) + -odes "like."
- Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.
- Happening intermittently; fitful.
- Given to sudden outbursts of energy or of feeling; excitable.