From French apoplectique, from Late Latin apoplēcticus, from Ancient Greek ἀποπληκτικός (apoplēktikós), from ἀπόπληκτος (apóplēktos), from ἀποπλήσσω (apoplḗssō), from ἀπό (apó, “of, from”) + πλήσσω (plḗssō, “I strike”).
apoplectic (not comparable)
- (medicine) Of, or relating to apoplexy.
- Marked by extreme anger or fury.
2011 March 13, Chris Bevan, “Stoke 2 - 1 West Ham”, in BBC:
- The decision left Potters boss Tony Pulis apoplectic on the touchline, a feeling his West Ham counterpart Avram Grant was to share immediately after the break.
- (archaic) Effused with blood.
- 1960 — Harper 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."
of or relating to apoplexy
extremely angry and unable to speak
effused with blood