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”).
- (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."
apoplectic (plural apoplectics)
- A person suffering from apoplexy.