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Definition of Convulsion


  1. An unnatural, violent, and unvoluntary contraction of the muscular parts of an animal body.
  2. Any violent and irregular motion or agitation; a violent shaking; a tumult; a commotion.

Convulsion Quotations

Our passions are like convulsion fits, which, though they make us stronger for a time, leave us the weaker ever after.
Alexander Pope

We have been through this is biennial convulsion four or five different times over the past 10 or 12 years, and now it appears that we are going through this quiet agony all over again.
Everett Dirksen

The question whether the long effort to put an end to war can succeed without another major convulsion challenges not only our minds but our sense of responsibility.
Emily Greene Balch

In Shakespearean tragedy the main source of the convulsion which produces suffering and death is never good: good contributes to this convulsion only from its tragic implication with its opposite in one and the same character.
Andrew Coyle Bradley
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Convulsion Translations

convulsion in Dutch is stuiptrekking, stuip, kramp
convulsion in German is Zuckung
convulsion in Swedish is krampryckning
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