fitful vs spasmodic what difference

what is difference between fitful and spasmodic

English

Etymology

From fit +‎ -ful.

Pronunciation

Adjective

fitful (comparative more fitful, superlative most fitful)

  1. Irregular; unsteady; characterized by fits.
    His breathing was fitful.
    • 1605, Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act III
      [] Duncan is in his grave;
      After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well;
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 123
      The cabin lamp—taking long swings this way and that— was burning fitfully, and casting fitful shadows upon the old man’s bolted door […]
    • 2012, The Economist, The economy: Don’t say “green shoots”
      So fitful has Britain’s economy been that any good news is understandably snatched at.

Synonyms

  • intermittent, spasmodic; see also Thesaurus:discontinuous

Derived terms

  • fitfully
  • fitfulness

Translations



English

Etymology

From New Latin spasmodicus, from Ancient Greek σπασμώδης (spasmṓdēs, spasmodic), from σπασμός (spasmós, spasm).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /spæzˈmɒd.ɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /spæzˈmɑ.dɪk/

Adjective

spasmodic (comparative more spasmodic, superlative most spasmodic)

  1. Of or relating to a spasm; resembling a sudden contraction of the muscles.
  2. Convulsive; consisting of spasms.
  3. Intermittent or fitful; occurring in abrupt bursts.
    Synonyms: patchy, stop-start; see also Thesaurus:discontinuous
  4. Erratic or unsustained.
  5. Of or relating to the spasmodic poets, a group of British Victorian poets who wrote introspective drama in verse.

Derived terms

  • spasmodically
  • spasmodism
  • spasmodist

Related terms

  • spasm

Translations

Noun

spasmodic (plural spasmodics)

  1. A medicine for suppressing spasms.
    Synonym: antispasmodic

Romanian

Etymology

From French spasmodique.

Adjective

spasmodic m or n (feminine singular spasmodică, masculine plural spasmodici, feminine and neuter plural spasmodice)

  1. spasmodic

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