- 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
Examples from the Web for apoplectically
Historical Examples of apoplectically
The Elector's face was apoplectically purple from rage and haste, his breath came in wheezing gasps.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
His face was so apoplectically purple that the bruises on his patched-up countenance were subdued somewhat by lack of contrast.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
- of or relating to apoplexy
- informal furious
- a person having apoplexy
Word Origin and History for apoplectically
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."
- Relating to, having, or predisposed to apoplexy.