noun (plural apoplexies)[mass noun]
- 1 • dated Unconsciousness or incapacity resulting from a cerebral haemorrhage or stroke: Browne died of apoplexyMore 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.
- 2 • informal Extreme anger: the decision has aroused apoplexy among environmentalistsMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French apoplexie, from late Latin apoplexia, from Greek apoplēxia, from apoplēssein 'disable by a stroke'.
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