adjective Also ap·o·plec·ti·cal.

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

1605–15; < Late Latin apoplēcticus < Greek apoplēktikós pertaining to a (paralytic) stroke, equivalent to apóplēkt(os) struck down (verbid of apoplḗssein) + -ikos -ic
Related formsap·o·plec·ti·cal·ly, adverbpost·ap·o·plec·tic, adjectivepseu·do·ap·o·plec·tic, adjectivepseu·do·ap·o·plec·ti·cal, adjectivepseu·do·ap·o·plec·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of apoplectic

Historical Examples of apoplectic

  • The woes of the apoplectic mate had begun to bore him long before.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Mr. Burgwyn was suffering from an apoplectic stroke, and was lying insensible.

    Plantation Sketches

    Margaret Devereux

  • 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

    Alphonse Daudet

  • But I mean to keep on arguing until I die of apoplectic rage.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for apoplectic



of or relating to apoplexy
informal furious


a person having apoplexy
Derived Formsapoplectically, adverb
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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."

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apoplectic in Medicine




Relating to, having, or predisposed to apoplexy.
Related formsap′o•plecti•cal•ly adv.
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