Tremors that convulsed the countryside.
Strikes and riots convulsed the nation.
The region convulses with change.
Origin of convulse
- Latin convellere convuls- to pull violently com- intensive pref. com– vellere to pull
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin convulsus, past participle of convellere (“to pluck up, dislocate, convulse”), from com- (“together”) + vellere (“to pluck, pull”)