Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, resembling, or produced by apoplexy.
  • adjective Having or inclined to have apoplexy.
  • adjective Exhibiting symptoms associated with apoplexy.
  • adjective Extremely angry; furious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A person affected with or predisposed to apoplexy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One liable to, or affected with, apoplexy.
  • adjective Relating to apoplexy; affected with, inclined to, or symptomatic of, apoplexy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective pertaining to or characteristic of apoplexy

Etymologies

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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").

Examples

  • I believe the term apoplectic would be appropriate should such an event come to pass.

    Eric C. Anderson: China Matters, Now...an Open Letter to the President

  • So the girliemen don't need to go gettin 'apoplectic on us yet!

    Going to court

  • Mostly, I’ve spent the past week in apoplectic rage at the various slights visited upon the British people by the ones in charge.

    The blog that time forgot « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog

  • Only I say it real apoplectic, which is the same as apologetic except you are also still pissed.

    Flux Tales of Human Futures

  • I can best describe as apoplectic chairs whose legs were fashioned like aquatic plants; tables upheld by tortured naked women; lighting fixtures in the form of tassels, and such horrors, in many houses of to-day under the guise of being "authentic period furniture."

    The House in Good Taste

  • Strine, however, pointed out that none of the journalists quoted Dimon directly on this point, sourcing the information instead to an interview with former Bear CEO Alan Schwartz or, in the case of Sorkin, who reported that Dimon was "apoplectic" over the guarantee, to an unnamed person involved or briefed on the talks.

    Yvette Kantrow: Leo Strine, critic at large

  • Strine, however, pointed out that none of the journalists quoted Dimon directly on this point, sourcing the information instead to an interview with former Bear CEO Alan Schwartz or, in the case of Sorkin, who reported that Dimon was "apoplectic" over the guarantee, to an unnamed person involved or briefed on the talks.

    Leo Strine, critic at large

  • And, as you've surely heard, "its winning of the Palme d'Or, the top prize at Cannes, last May provoked the conservative British press into an 'apoplectic' reaction, as Mr Laverty described it."

    GreenCine Daily: NYT on Sunday.

  • If the above responses appear 'apoplectic', I can only wonder how the upcoming Congressional oversight hearings will sound.

    Sound Politics: Liberals Are About to Go Apoplectic

  • It's not going to pass by an overwhelming margin, and if you listen to CBC Radio, you'll hear the same kind of apoplectic and apocalyptic predictions of fire and brimstone from their collection of right-wing loons (not to be confused with the loonies, which are the one-dollar coins), but most Canadians are pretty mellow about issues that come under the category of live-and-let-live.

    June 2005

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  • apoplexy: A fit of extreme anger; rage

    June 11, 2009