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[ap-uh-plek-tik] /ˌæp əˈplɛk tɪk/
adjective, Also, apoplectical
of or relating to apoplexy.
having or inclined to apoplexy.
intense enough to threaten or cause apoplexy:
an apoplectic rage.
a person having or predisposed to apoplexy.
Origin of apoplectic
1605-15; < Late Latin apoplēcticus < Greek apoplēktikós pertaining to a (paralytic) stroke, equivalent to apóplēkt(os) struck down (verbid of apoplḗssein) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
apoplectically, adverb
postapoplectic, adjective
pseudoapoplectic, adjective
pseudoapoplectical, adjective
pseudoapoplectically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for apoplectic
  • This condition is marked by outward apoplectic characteristics and significant loss off interpretive powers.
  • Some people become apoplectic when they forget names.
  • My mother was apoplectic.
  • Most such folks usually get apoplectic when the analogy is raised.
  • His enthusiastic efforts, verging on apoplectic, are quite funny.
  • The faculty who were interviewing her were apoplectic.
  • But when the stored-up indignities visited upon them become too much to bear, they can explode with apoplectic outrage.
  • The Times blog also includes words and phrases liked "nixed" and "bunk up" that would ordinarily make a copy editor apoplectic.
  • The band's brief set was apoplectic, full of fist-pumping slogans and seemingly cobbled out of spare parts from other projects.
  • The administration is understandably apoplectic.
British Dictionary definitions for apoplectic


of or relating to apoplexy
(informal) furious
a person having apoplexy
Derived Forms
apoplectically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for apoplectic

1610s, "involving apoplexy," from French apoplectique (16c.), from Latin apoplecticus, from Greek apoplektikos "disabled by a stroke, crippled, struck dumb," from apoplektos, verbal adjective of apoplessein (see apoplexy). Meaning "showing symptoms of apoplexy" (1721) gradually shaded into "enraged, very angry."

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apoplectic in Medicine

apoplectic ap·o·plec·tic (āp'ə-plěk'tĭk)
Relating to, having, or predisposed to apoplexy.

ap'o·plec'ti·cal·ly adv.
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