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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Definitions for foudroyant

  1. Overwhelming and sudden in effect.
  2. striking as with lightning; sudden and overwhelming in effect; stunning; dazzling.
  3. Pathology. (Of disease) beginning in a sudden and severe form.

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Citations for foudroyant
“But he no catch a cold,” said M. Quinola, with what he meant to be a foudroyant look at Sir Fulke, “because he nevare turn a his coat.” Rosina Bulwer Lytton, The World and His Wife; or, A Person of Consequence, 1858
When it suddenly occurred to John, however, that this perhaps had some share in the ladies' hasty decision, that Mrs. Dennistoun perhaps (all that was objectionable was attributed to this poor lady) had been so abominably clear-sighted, so odiously presuming as to have suspected this, his sudden blaze of anger was foudroyant. Margaret Oliphant, The marriage of Elinor
Origin of foudroyant
1830-1840
Foudroyant comes from the French verb foudroyer meaning "to strike with lightning." Ultimately, it can be traced back to the Latin word for lightning, fulgur.
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