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foudroyant

[foo-droi-uh nt; French foo-drwa-yahn] /fuˈdrɔɪ ənt; French fu drwaˈyɑ̃/
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
1830-1840
1830-40; < French, present participle of foudroyer to strike with lightning, derivative of foudre lightning < Latin fulgur
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British Dictionary definitions for foudroyant

foudroyant

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