Definition of


  1. (noun, event) a physical disturbance such as an earthquake or upheaval
  2. (noun, state) a violent disturbance
  3. (noun, state) violent uncontrollable contractions of muscles
  4. (noun, state) a sudden uncontrollable attack
    a fit of coughing
    convulsions of laughter

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Synonyms of Convulsion

fit, paroxysm, turmoil, upheaval

Origin of the word Convulsion

  1. 1585, from L. convulsionem, from pp. stem of convellere "to tear loose," from com- "together" + vellere "to pluck, pull violently." more

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Words that sound like Convulsion

cannibalism, complexion, compulsion

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