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fulminant

[fuhl-muh-nuh nt]
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adjective
  1. occurring suddenly and with great intensity or severity; fulminating.
  2. Pathology. developing or progressing suddenly: fulminant plague.
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Origin of fulminant

1595–1605; < Latin fulminant- (stem of fulmināns), present participle of fulmināre to fulminate; see -ant
Related formsun·ful·mi·nant, adjective
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Examples from the Web for fulminant

Historical Examples

  • Such cases are not so rare as they are thought, though they are seldom so fulminant.

    Psychotherapy

    James J. Walsh

  • The howl that would go up in the Diet, or the Reichstag, the fulminant denials by prince and king and government!

  • Thus we describe certain cases as ambulant, abortive, larval and fulminant.

    Plague

    Thomas Wright Jackson

  • In some cases, the fulminant fluid only attacks the colour of the hair of the animal.

    Thunder and Lightning

    Camille Flammarion

  • We also have the sadly familiar type described as the fulminant or, literally, "lightning-stroke" variety.

    Preventable Diseases

    Woods Hutchinson


British Dictionary definitions for fulminant

fulminant

adjective
  1. sudden and violent; fulminating
  2. pathol (of pain) sudden and sharp; piercing
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin fulmināre to cause lightning, from fulmen lightning that strikes
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Word Origin and History for fulminant

adj.

c.1600, from French fulminant or directly from Latin fulminantem (nominative fulminans), present participle of fulminare (see fulminate). As a noun from 1808.

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fulminant in Medicine

fulminant

(fulmə-nənt, fŭl-)
adj.
  1. Occurring suddenly, rapidly, and with great severity or intensity, usually of pain.
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Related formsfulmi•nat′ing (-nātĭng) adj.
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