Definition of apoplectic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌapəˈplɛktɪk/


1 informal Overcome with anger; furious: Mark was apoplectic with rage at the decision
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  • I don't know why it's not a election issue, and why we're not all standing behind the parents of these children, apoplectic with collective anger and calling for the Minister's head on a plate.
  • They pulled out the generals to give endless press conferences on the insanity of such an ‘aggressive’ move, and the papers were apoplectic with criticism.
  • He tried to recant the terms of the contest, right then and there, and became apoplectic with rage when he discovered who it was who had duped him.
furious, enraged, overcome with anger, infuriated, in a temper, incensed, raging;
incandescent, wrathful, fuming, ranting, raving, seething, frenzied, in a frenzy, beside oneself, outraged, in high dudgeon
2 dated Relating to or denoting apoplexy (stroke): an apoplectic attack
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  • They say the President died of an apoplectic stroke.
  • I further wished him a happy Valentines Day and apoplectic attack with a smile.
  • To make the situation more interesting, King Wenceslas IV had an apoplectic fit and died of a heart attack upon learning of the defenestration.



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  • Summing up for the prosecution, Oborne spluttered apoplectically, shook his fists, and looked as though he was on the verge of a heart attack’.
  • Where property taxes take the place of income taxes, as in New Hampshire for example, politicians foam apoplectically about the injustice of raising money through the regressive property tax.
  • It occurred to me because I was stuck in traffic next to a young man in an old Honda who was apoplectically outraged that we were not all zooming down the highway.


Early 17th century: from French apoplectique or late Latin apoplecticus, from Greek apoplēktikos, from apoplēssein 'disable by a stroke'.

Words that rhyme with apoplectic

catalectic, dialectic, eclectic, hectic

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