thunderbolt

[ thuhn-der-bohlt ]
/ ˈθʌn dərˌboʊlt /

noun

a flash of lightning with the accompanying thunder.
an imaginary bolt or dart conceived as the material destructive agent cast to earth in a flash of lightning: the thunderbolts of Jove.
something very destructive, terrible, severe, sudden, or startling.
a person who acts with fury or with sudden and irresistible force.

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Origin of thunderbolt

First recorded in 1400–50, thunderbolt is from late Middle English thondre bolte. See thunder, bolt1
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British Dictionary definitions for thunderbolt

thunderbolt
/ (ˈθʌndəˌbəʊlt) /

noun

a flash of lightning accompanying thunder
the imagined agency of destruction produced by a flash of lightning
(in mythology) the destructive weapon wielded by several gods, esp the Greek god ZeusSee also Thor
something very startling
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