Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A thunder-clap; a stroke or blast by lightning.
“If you have not slept, or if you have slept, or if you have headache, or sciatica, or leprosy, or thunder-stroke, I beseech you, by all angels, to hold your peace, and not pollute the morning.”
“The wretched father asks what God — what sudden thunder-stroke has deprived him of his son.”
“Yesterday a thunder-stroke fell upon me…which for a moment ranged me breast to breast & comraded me as an equal, with all men who have suffered sudden & awful disaster: I found that all their lives my children have been afraid of me! have stood all their days in uneasy dread of my sharp tongue & uncertain temper.”
““It is one of the mysteries of our nature,” he observed years later, “that a man, all unprepared, can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live.””
“To those who had the misfortune to be married to French women and had children it was a thunder-stroke.”
“Absinthe was banned by a thunder-stroke from the Invalides, where the Military Governor had established his headquarters, and Parisians who had acquired the absinthe habit trembled in every limb at this judgment which would reduce them to physical and moral wrecks, as creatures of the drug habit suddenly robbed of their nerve-controlling tabloids.”
“These words fell upon Charlotte like a thunder-stroke: she rose from her seat half-fainting, and unconscious of what she did.”
“Before this Napoleonic "thunder-stroke" Syria bent for the moment, apparently terrorized.”
“The tidings of this was a thunder-stroke to Mary and her party, who became instantly the victims of the cardinal's revenge.”
“A thunder-stroke of destiny has at once stripped us bare and has opened our eyes.”
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