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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, resembling, or produced by apoplexy: an apoplectic fit.
  • adj. Having or inclined to have apoplexy.
  • adj. Exhibiting symptoms associated with apoplexy.
  • adj. Extremely angry; furious: "members of Congress who otherwise become apoplectic about wasteful government spending” ( Dan Morgan).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to apoplexy.
  • adj. Marked by extreme anger or fury.
  • adj. Effused with blood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to apoplexy; affected with, inclined to, or symptomatic of, apoplexy.
  • n. One liable to, or affected with, apoplexy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of or pertaining to apoplexy; affected with apoplexy: as, an apoplectic fit; an apoplectic patient.
  • Predisposed or tending to apoplexy: as, an apoplectic person; an apoplectic habit of body.
  • 3. Serving to cure apoplexy: as, “apoplectic balsam,” Addison, Travels, Italy.
  • n. A person affected with or predisposed to apoplexy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. pertaining to or characteristic of apoplexy

Etymologies

From French apoplectique, from Late Latin apoplēcticus, from Ancient Greek ἀποπληκτικός (apoplēktikos), from ἀπόπληκτος (apoplēktos), from ἀποπλήσσω (apoplēssō), from ἀπό (apo, "of, from") + πλήσσω (plēssō, "I strike"). (Wiktionary)

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