- of or relating to apoplexy or stroke.
- having or inclined to apoplexy.
- intense enough to threaten or cause apoplexy: an apoplectic rage.
- extremely angry; furious: He became apoplectic at the mere mention of the subject.
- a person having or predisposed to apoplexy.
Origin of apoplectic
Examples from the Web for apoplectic
In the immediate aftermath of the oil spill, apoplectic Southerners cast their disdain towards the North.Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil
November 2, 2014
Editors were apoplectic, and they showed it by quitting en masse, leaving Mays to pick up the pieces.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
It is a seething, boiling, roiling, apoplectic revulsion at the very idea of unions.Can a Senator Stop a Union? Bob Corker Is Certainly Trying
February 14, 2014
Hits several key buttons, not the least of which is that it sends the media into apoplectic shock, which the right wing loves.Trump: My Theory as to Why This May Be Intentional
May 30, 2012
Studios such as Disney and Paramount are apoplectic about the billions of dollars in revenue being lost to rampant online piracy.Can Chris Dodd Save Hollywood?
May 24, 2011
The woes of the apoplectic mate had begun to bore him long before.Chance
Mr. Burgwyn was suffering from an apoplectic stroke, and was lying insensible.Plantation Sketches
Schwinn's face turned an apoplectic red and he became quiet.Secret Armies
John L. Spivak
This one was dropsical, the other subject to apoplectic fits.The Nabob
But I mean to keep on arguing until I die of apoplectic rage.Old Fogy
- of or relating to apoplexy
- informal furious
- a person having apoplexy
Word Origin and History for apoplectic
1610s, "involving apoplexy," from French apoplectique (16c.), from Latin apoplecticus, from Greek apoplektikos "disabled by a stroke, crippled, struck dumb," from apoplektos, verbal adjective of apoplessein (see apoplexy). Meaning "showing symptoms of apoplexy" (1721) gradually shaded into "enraged, very angry."
- Relating to, having, or predisposed to apoplexy.