[foo-droi-uh nt; French foo-drwa-yahn]


striking as with lightning; sudden and overwhelming in effect; stunning; dazzling.
Pathology. (of disease) beginning in a sudden and severe form.

Nearby words

  1. foucault, jean bernard léon,
  2. foucault, michel,
  3. foucquet,
  4. foudre,
  5. foudres,
  6. fouetté,
  7. fought,
  8. foujita,
  9. foul,
  10. foul ball

Origin of foudroyant

1830–40; < French, present participle of foudroyer to strike with lightning, derivative of foudre lightning < Latin fulgur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foudroyant



(of a disease) occurring suddenly and with great severity
rare stunning, dazzling, or overwhelming

Word Origin for foudroyant

C19: from French, from foudroyer to strike with lightning, from Old French foudre lightning, from Latin fulgur

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