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convulsion ‎(plural convulsions)

  1. (medicine) An intense, paroxysmal, involuntary muscular contraction.
  2. An uncontrolled fit, as of laughter; a paroxysm.
  3. Violent turmoil.
    Earthquakes and convulsions of nature shake Earth on a regular basis.
    • 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, "Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
      In a convulsion that has caught many in Brazil and beyond by surprise, waves of protesters denounced their leaders for dedicating so many resources to cultivating Brazil’s global image by building stadiums for international events, when basic services like education and health care remain woefully inadequate.

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From Latin convulsiō, convulsiōnem.


convulsion f ‎(plural convulsions)

  1. (Jersey) convulsion