[ ap-uh-plek-tik ]
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adjectiveAlso ap·o·plec·ti·cal.
  1. of or relating to apoplexy or stroke.

  2. having or inclined to apoplexy.

  1. intense enough to threaten or cause apoplexy: an apoplectic rage.

  2. extremely angry; furious: He became apoplectic at the mere mention of the subject.

  1. a person having or predisposed to apoplexy. apoplexy.

Origin of apoplectic

First recorded in 1605–15; from Late Latin apoplēcticus, from Greek apoplēktikós “pertaining to a (paralytic) stroke,” equivalent to apóplēkt(os) “struck down” (derivative of apoplḗssein ) + -ikos -ic

Other words from apoplectic

  • ap·o·plec·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • post·ap·o·plec·tic, adjective
  • pseu·do·ap·o·plec·tic, adjective
  • pseu·do·ap·o·plec·ti·cal, adjective
  • pseu·do·ap·o·plec·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby apoplectic

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How to use apoplectic in a sentence

  • "You have told me that before," roared the portly gentleman, waxing almost apoplectic.

  • Ferocity nearly inarticulate, fury almost apoplectic, were expressed by the face above the weather-worn rail.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • But I am afraid that cook will have an apoplectic fit if he isn't careful, the way he was waving his arms and carrying on.

    Billy Whiskers' Adventures | Frances Trego Montgomery
  • About noon, leaving the parlour, he was found a few minutes after in an apoplectic fit, or a seizure resembling apoplexy.

  • It was an apoplectic seizure, the doctors told us later, brought on by excessive nervous irritation of the brain.

    The Passenger from Calais | Arthur Griffiths

British Dictionary definitions for apoplectic


/ (ˌæpəˈplɛktɪk) /

  1. of or relating to apoplexy

  2. informal furious

  1. a person having apoplexy

Derived forms of apoplectic

  • apoplectically, adverb

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