[mee-tee-awr-ik, -or-]See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
- of, relating to, or consisting of meteors.
- resembling a meteor in transient brilliance, suddenness of appearance, swiftness, etc.: his meteoric rise in politics.
- of or coming from the atmosphere; meteorological.
Origin of meteoric
Related formsme·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·me·te·or·ic, adjectivenon·me·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverb
From the Medieval Latin
dating back to 1625–35.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for meteorically
He was progressing, though not so meteorically as Bauer and Schabelitz had predicted.
Her bearing was that of a barbaric princess, and a princess of meteorically vivid beauty.
British Dictionary definitions for meteorically
Derived Formsmeteorically, adverb
- of, formed by, or relating to meteors
- like a meteor in brilliance, speed, or transience
- rare of or relating to the weather; meteorological
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Word Origin and History for meteorically
1812, "pertaining to meteors;" earlier "dependent on atmospheric conditions" (1789), from meteor + -ic. Figurative sense of "transiently brilliant" is from 1836.
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