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thunderbolt

[thuhn-der-bohlt]
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noun
  1. a flash of lightning with the accompanying thunder.
  2. an imaginary bolt or dart conceived as the material destructive agent cast to earth in a flash of lightning: the thunderbolts of Jove.
  3. something very destructive, terrible, severe, sudden, or startling.
  4. 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 the late Middle English word thondre bolte. See thunder, bolt1
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Related Words for thunderbolt

bump, shock, reversal, punch, setback, bewilderment, consternation, revelation, jolt, miracle, disappointment, curiosity, amazement, awe, wonder, astonishment, roar, rumble, explosion, detonation

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British Dictionary definitions for thunderbolt

thunderbolt

noun
  1. a flash of lightning accompanying thunder
  2. the imagined agency of destruction produced by a flash of lightning
  3. (in mythology) the destructive weapon wielded by several gods, esp the Greek god ZeusSee also Thor
  4. something very startling
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Word Origin and History for thunderbolt

n.

mid-15c., from thunder (n.) + bolt (n.).

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