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apoplectic

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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] apoplēcticus (possibly via French apoplectique) from Ancient Greek ἀποπληκτικός (apoplēktikos) < ἀπόπληκτος (apoplēktos) < ἀποπλήσσω (apoplēssō) < ἀπό (apo) "of, from" + πλήσσω (plēssō) "I strike".

Pronunciation

Adjective

apoplectic (not comparable)

Positive
apoplectic

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of, or relating to apoplexy.
  2. Extremely angry or furious to the point of being unable to move or speak.
  3. (archaic) Effused with blood.

Quotations

  • 1960Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, ch 11
    Once she heard Jem refer to our father as 'Atticus' and her reaction was apoplectic.
  • 2005 — (author?), The New Yorker, (page?) (12 Dec)
    "Speak of the devil—he marches through the door, and becomes apoplectic when he learns of the upheaval."

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