convulsion convulsion  /kən ˈvəl ʃən/


  1. (n) a sudden uncontrollable attack
  2. (n) violent uncontrollable contractions of muscles
  3. (n) a violent disturbance
  4. (n) a physical disturbance such as an earthquake or upheaval



  1. Up the coast from Aden, Yemen had its own convulsion.
  2. Iran does not want to see Iraq collapse, because of how a convulsion there could affect them.
  3. It would be tempting for Washington to dismiss Sunday morning's military overthrow of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya as just a minor banana-republic convulsion.


  • Asia's Week: Thinking the Unthinkable About China

    China's convulsion? crisis?...continued to dominate Asia's business and financial conversation this week. Why, the gray eminence of London's Financial Times, Martin Wolf, weighed in with his worries. This, even as the spike in inter-bank lending rates eased. The crux of the concerns: Can China make a transition, rather suddenly, from a debt-soaked, investment-driven ...
    on July 4, 2013     Source: Forbes


  1. "We have experienced three years of convulsion and improper behaviour at the greatest sports institution in the world," Perez told a news conference. "This club has always been characterised by fairness and generosity. It is a sad period that...
    on May 14, 2009 By: Florentino Perez Source: AFP

  2. "In many ways, the regional history includes convulsion and disturbance. It's unfortunate that it has come out in this way again," Mr Miura said.
    on Mar 20, 2008 By: Yuichiro Miura Source:

  3. "We want them to feel a sense of urgency and be as brokenhearted over lost people as Paul is in Acts 17 when he sees a city filled with idols and his heart is broken. He has a convulsion of concern for people he knows are going to hell. One of our...
    on Oct 30, 2007 By: Albert Mohler Source: Florida Baptist Witness

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