meteoric

[mee-tee-awr-ik, -or-]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or consisting of meteors.
  2. resembling a meteor in transient brilliance, suddenness of appearance, swiftness, etc.: his meteoric rise in politics.
  3. of or coming from the atmosphere; meteorological.

Origin of meteoric

From the Medieval Latin word meteōricus, dating back to 1625–35. See meteor, -ic
Related formsme·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·me·te·or·ic, adjectivenon·me·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedmeteor meteoric meteorite meteoroid
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meteoric

adjective
  1. of, formed by, or relating to meteors
  2. like a meteor in brilliance, speed, or transience
  3. rare of or relating to the weather; meteorological
Derived Formsmeteorically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for meteoric
adj.

1812, "pertaining to meteors;" earlier "dependent on atmospheric conditions" (1789), from meteor + -ic. Figurative sense of "transiently brilliant" is from 1836.

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