- occurring suddenly and with great intensity or severity; fulminating.
- Pathology. developing or progressing suddenly: fulminant plague.
Origin of fulminant
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Examples from the Web for fulminant
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!Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
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
We also have the sadly familiar type described as the fulminant or, literally, "lightning-stroke" variety.Preventable Diseases
- sudden and violent; fulminating
- pathol (of pain) sudden and sharp; piercing
C17: from Latin fulmināre to cause lightning, from fulmen lightning that strikes
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Word Origin and History for fulminant
c.1600, from French fulminant or directly from Latin fulminantem (nominative fulminans), present participle of fulminare (see fulminate). As a noun from 1808.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Occurring suddenly, rapidly, and with great severity or intensity, usually of pain.
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