meteoric

[ mee-tee-awr-ik, -or- ]
/ ˌmi tiˈɔr ɪk, -ˈɒr- /

adjective

of, relating to, or consisting of meteors.
resembling a meteor in transient brilliance, suddenness of appearance, swiftness, etc.: his meteoric rise in politics.
of or coming from the atmosphere; meteorological.

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Origin of meteoric

From the Medieval Latin word meteōricus, dating back to 1625–35. See meteor, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM meteoric

me·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·me·te·or·ic, adjectivenon·me·te·or·i·cal·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH meteoric

meteor meteoric meteorite meteoroid
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Example sentences from the Web for meteorically

  • Her bearing was that of a barbaric princess, and a princess of meteorically vivid beauty.

    A Pagan of the Hills|Charles Neville Buck
  • He was progressing, though not so meteorically as Bauer and Schabelitz had predicted.

    Fanny Herself|Edna Ferber

British Dictionary definitions for meteorically

meteoric
/ (ˌmiːtɪˈɒrɪk) /

adjective

of, formed by, or relating to meteors
like a meteor in brilliance, speed, or transience
rare of or relating to the weather; meteorological

Derived forms of meteoric

meteorically, adverb
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