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noun as in muscle spasm

noun as in disturbance

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NEW YORK — From the outside, the war in Ukraine is a disconnected stream of videos, sudden convulsions of fire, flame and smoke, or images of hollowed-out buildings gaping with views of abandoned offices, apartments and schoolrooms.

Every moment it seemed as if the tent would not withstand the onslaught, that the fluttering canvas was in its death convulsions.

The vaccine can cause mild side effects in some children, including fever and brief convulsions, said Katherine O’Brien, the WHO’s director of immunization, vaccines and biologicals.

The tremor intensified until, about halfway through the recitation, he fell to the floor in convulsions, having lost all control of his body, including bladder and bowels, in front of an audience of merciless adolescents.

Electrocution, convulsion, possession, all of the above, all at once.

It underscores how complicated this case—this social convulsion—ultimately is.

Reconciliations are handled glancingly, if at all; the family simply continues, settling into new patterns after each convulsion.

She had done with little things, and Isabel, with young curiosity, wondered in what convulsion the last of them had gone down.

Uttering these words, the good lady pointed distractedly to the cupboard, and underwent a convulsion from internal spasms.

It has been claimed that a shot would break the tube and end the little convulsion.

When the launch was under way Isabel told Gwynne of the blue flames that had danced over the marsh during the convulsion.

What he dreaded was the spasm of dying—the convulsion that was to snap the thousand silver strings in the harp of life.


On this page you'll find 74 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to convulsion, such as: contraction, cramp, paroxysm, seizure, tremor, and attack.

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