Definition of apoplexy in English:

apoplexy

Syllabification: ap·o·plex·y
Pronunciation: /ˈapəˌpleksē
 
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noun (plural apoplexies)

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1Unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage or stroke.
More example sentences
  • In modern usage, apoplexy and stroke are synonymous terms, referring to sudden and lasting impairment of brain function caused by obstruction of or haemorrhage from the cerebral blood vessels.
  • He set every stone with his own hands and on coming ashore at the end of June, he complained of illness and died of apoplexy on July 6.
  • The association between hypertension and a ‘hardening’ of the pulse and apoplexy has been recognised for hundreds of years.
1.1 informal Incapacity or speechlessness caused by extreme anger: this drives the social engineers of government into apoplexy
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  • Unionism reacted to their demands with anger verging on apoplexy.
  • The idea that Scotland's wild salmon should be replaced by an artificial equivalent has created apoplexy among environmental groups, neighbouring river owners and angling bodies alike.
  • Having thrown the dictionary into the nearest skip in a rage of apoplexy at its inadequacy, however, I resolve to plough on nonetheless.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French apoplexie, from late Latin apoplexia, from Greek apoplēxia, from apoplēssein 'disable by a stroke'.

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