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.
With emotions which checked his voice and convulsed his powerful frame.Macaulay.
2. 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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