Con*vul"sion (?), n. [L. convulsio: cf. F. convulsion.]
An unnatural, violent, and unvoluntary contraction of the muscular parts of an animal body.
Any violent and irregular motion or agitation; a violent shaking; a tumult; a commotion.
Those two massy pillars,
With horrible convulsion, to and fro
He tugged, he shook, till down they came.
Times of violence and convulsion.
Syn. -- Agitation; commotion; tumult; disturbance.
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