[ ap-uh-plek-tik ]
/ ˌæp əˈplɛk tɪk /
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
ap·o·plec·ti·cal·ly, adverbpost·ap·o·plec·tic, adjectivepseu·do·ap·o·plec·tic, adjectivepseu·do·ap·o·plec·ti·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for apoplectically
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|Holman Day
The Elector's face was apoplectically purple from rage and haste, his breath came in wheezing gasps.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series|Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for apoplectically
/ (ˌæpəˈplɛktɪk) /
of or relating to apoplexy
a person having apoplexy
Derived Formsapoplectically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for apoplectically
[ ăp′ə-plĕk′tĭk ]
Relating to, having, or predisposed to apoplexy.
Related formsap′o•plec′ti•cal•ly adv.
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