Convulsed
Convulse 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.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

With emotions which checked his voice and convulsed his powerful frame. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To agitate greatly; to shake violently. [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: To agitate; disturb; shake; tear; rend. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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