foudroyant

foudroyant

[foo-droi-uhnt; French foo-drwa-yahn]
adjective
1.
striking as with lightning; sudden and overwhelming in effect; stunning; dazzling.
2.
Pathology. (of disease) beginning in a sudden and severe form.

Origin:
1830–40; < French, present participle of foudroyer to strike with lightning, derivative of foudre lightning < Latin fulgur

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foudroyant (fuːˈdrɔɪənt)
 
adj
1.  (of a disease) occurring suddenly and with great severity
2.  rare stunning, dazzling, or overwhelming
 
[C19: from French, from foudroyer to strike with lightning, from Old French foudre lightning, from Latin fulgur]

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