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affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions

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resembling a convulsion in being sudden and violent

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She was still in an excited, hysterical state, laughing convulsively at nothing and everything.
There was no sound, barely a struggle of the convulsively stiffening old muscles, and then, with a push from De Vac, the body lunged forward into the Thames, where a dull splash marked the end of the last hope that Prince Richard might be rescued from the clutches of his Nemesis.
As to poor Cornelius, he gradually loosened his hold of the bars, which his fingers still grasped convulsively.
Her hand had convulsively clutched her fan, and she held her breath.
Edna, so moved, is unable to answer and "presses the hand of the pianist convulsively.
Telling the story of Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who became a whistleblower and fugitive by leaking documents that revealed the vast, spidery scope of the new American surveillance state, Stone has made a movie that asks the audience to look, almost convulsively, at what this issue really means, and at who this whistleblower really is.
Playing to form, Peter Mullan is muscularly hirsute as John Guthrie Bad, the unforgiving Old Testament-style arbiter of inflexible and corrupt behavioural codes; his representation of Guthrie squirming convulsively on the ground in the first throes of a stroke pays full visual testimony to Gibbon's graphic description of his seizure, 'as though a great frog were squattering there in the stour'.
And as she watches her name convulsively stirring still in the dust, at once she sees it slowly slip out of itself and, leaving behind some shrunken, scaled skin on the beach, scurry off into the gushing jungle's throbbing vulva.
Yes, it did; the railwayman who was clutching the handle bar of my bicycle convulsively, dug his fingers into the bell, involuntarily pulled it hard, bent forwards and threw up: he is throwing up on the gravel of the platform, on the tire of the front wheel, on his hands, on my boots; he is throwing up and his jerks are similar to the convulsions in which those on the rails are dying (23-24).
Following his extraordinary experiences with laughter where, "illuminated convulsively," he discovered that "laughter was revelation, opened up the depth of things," Bataille declared laughter divine and confessed to his fear of being ultimately "LAUGHTER ITSELF
Laboring under passions that have robbed me of sight, of hearing, and of my senses, though sometimes trembling convulsively in my whole body in the presence of the woman I loved, I have never, during the whole course of my life, been able to force myself, even in moments of extreme intimacy, to confess my peculiarities and to implore her to grant the one favor which was lacking [] Now I have made my first and most painful step into the dark and miry maze of my confessions.
His whole body was shaking convulsively now and she realised he was showing signs of hypothermia.
Yet when a pack of wild dogs emerges on their horizon, the whole group interacts convulsively, the animals gain speed and run sinuously in all directions.
His Macbeth died violently, convulsively, as he had lived, but in spite of his last words we knew that he had lost heart.
To move convulsively, as in death throes, struggle, writhe.