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Con*vulse" (?), v. t. [imp. & p.p. Convulsed (?); p.pr. & vb.n. Convulsing.] [L. convulsus, p.p. of convellere to tear up, to shake; con- + vellere to pluck, pull.]


To contract violently and irregulary, as the muscular parts of an animal body; to shake with irregular spasms, as in excessive laughter, or in agony from grief or pain.

With emotions which checked his voice and convulsed his powerful frame. Macaulay.


To agitate greatly; to shake violently.

The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. Macaulay.

Syn. -- To agitate; disturb; shake; tear; rend.


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