planet-struck

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planet-struck (comparative more planet-struck, superlative most planet-struck)

  1. (now archaic) Afflicted by the astrological influence of a planet; struck down with amazement or shock; panic-stricken. [from 17th c.]
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, I.2.4.VII:
      Budæus records how that, at Louis the Twelfth his death, ..., they that were erst in heaven, upon a sudden, as if they had been planet-strucken, lay grovelling on the ground ...
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of Sally Salisbury, VI:
      I protest I know not what Face the Moon bore at that time, but I am sure I appear'd like one Planet-struck, and retir'd, more fit indeed for a Grave than a Mistress.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 613:
      To be thus ‘planet-struck’ or ‘blasted’ was to be suddenly and inexplicably affected by a paralysing disease, apoplexy or other kind of sudden death.

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