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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

apoplectic

\ap-uh-plek-tik\ , adjective;
1.
Intense enough to threaten or cause a stroke.
2.
Of or pertaining to apoplexy.
3.
Having or inclined to apoplexy.
noun:
1.
A person having or predisposed to apoplexy.
Quotes:
When Abie used to shout, Rebecca always used to make a joke that he was having one of his apoplectic fits.
-- Alan Grayson, Mile End
...four years, one recession and a host of battles — over financial regulation and the nomination of Elizabeth Warren, over Dodd-Frank and the Buffett Rule — have taken their toll. Some on Wall Street are apoplectic. One former supporter, Dan Loeb, compared Obama to Nero; the president’s enemies insinuated worse.
-- Nicholas Confessore, "Obama’s Not-So-Hot Date With Wall Street", The New York Times Magazine, May 2, 2012
Origin:
Apoplectic stems from the Greek word apoplēktikós which meant "pertaining to stroke". It literally meant "struck down".
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