convulsive convulsive  /kən ˈvəl sɪv/


  1. (adj) affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm
  2. (adj) resembling a convulsion in being sudden and violent



  1. Defiantly old-fashioned, the film wants viewers to believe not so much in vampires as in the existence of an anachronistic movie notion: a love that is convulsive and ennobling.
  2. The success of the Elton John disc was due to a convulsive spasm of Di-die worship; Der Bingle singing Berlin is, better or worse, for the ages.
  3. Alexy, who rose to power in 1990, led his church through the convulsive but ultimately fruitful transition to the post-Soviet era.


  • Jon Wertheim: A day later, still trying to make sense of the drama at Wimbledon; mailbag

    WIMBLEDON, England -- If the producers of The Hangover franchise were going to torture us with another installment, they would have rolled cameras at Wimbledon. After yesterday's convulsive session -- pick your title: Wimblegeddon, Crash Wednesday, Red Wedding -- there was an inevitable sense of letdown today. Serena Williams looked almost mortal as she advanced with 6-2, 6-3 win over Caroline ...
    on June 28, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated


  1. In the Chicago Tribune, Rick Morrissey begins by telling us about his beloved old basset hound, but then writes that "the convulsive reaction to the Vick case has made it obvious we've lost our sense of proportion. Dogs are defenseless, and we...
    on Aug 22, 2007 By: Morrissey Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "I don't sniff in the wind in la France profonde (though I begin to in urban Paris) that palpable sense of having reached the end of a road," Parris wrote. "The changes France needs to embrace will be convulsive. The pain will be...
    on May 9, 2007 By: Matthew Parris Source: The Independent Institute

  3. 3 Twenty years later George Kennan added that "Our actions in the field of foreign affairs are the convulsive reactions of politicians to an internal political life dominated by vocal minorities."
    on Feb 3, 2006 By: George Kennan Source: Foreign Policy In Focus

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