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convulsion

con·vul·sion

convulsion

 
 
pronunciation:
kn vuhl shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a violent, involuntary, spasmodic contraction of the muscles.
He fell to the floor, and his violent movements caused us to think he was having convulsions.The wrong dosage could cause the patient to experience convulsions.
synonyms:
fit, paroxysm
similar words:
attack, frenzy, ictus, seizure, spasm, stroke, throe
definition 2: a fit of shaking, as from laughter or fear.
The play sent the audience into convulsions of laughter.
synonyms:
fit, spasm, throes
similar words:
frenzy, furor, fury, rage
definition 3: a disruptive turmoil.
Society had not yet recovered from the convulsions of the revolution.
synonyms:
agitation, commotion, disturbance, furor, tumult, turmoil
similar words:
disruption, hurly-burly, storm, turbulence, uproar
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