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  1. a stroke of lightning accompanied by thunder.
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Origin of thunderstroke

First recorded in 1580–90; thunder + stroke1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • The world seems to be on tiptoe, listening for a thunderstroke of Fate.

    The Drama Of Three Hundred & Sixty-Five Days

    Hall Caine

  • Be that as it may, hearing of her marriage, several years afterward, was as a thunderstroke.

  • As for doctrine, Arminianism and Vorstianism were to be blasted with one thunderstroke from the British throne.

  • This fell on the province with the power and rapidity of a thunderstroke; it made no cry, no movement; Bretagne expired.

    The Regent's Daughter

    Alexandre Dumas (Pere)

  • These words fell upon Charlotte like a thunderstroke: she rose from her seat half-fainting, and unconscious of what she did.