One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal Overcome with anger; furious.‘Mark was apoplectic with rage at the decision’
furious, enraged, overcome with anger, infuriated, in a temper, incensed, ragingView synonyms
- ‘Next day, I was apoplectic with rage when I saw that some moronic sub-editor had changed the reference to myself as feeling like Sancho Panza accompanying Don Quixote of Cervantes fame.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I was late, short-tempered and apoplectic with frustration.’
- ‘Should we be apoplectic with rage or surprisingly delighted?’
- ‘The announcers, meanwhile, are talking about how that is the ruling on the field and that it should stand, all while I'm apoplectic in my living room.’
- ‘His face was apoplectic with rage and was completely hot.’
- ‘In direct contrast, the owner of another restaurant I recently reviewed phoned me on my mobile on a Sunday, apoplectic that I'd dared to point out some failings of his restaurant.’
- ‘Meanwhile, their defenders in the media were practically apoplectic about the gall of non-experts using data they can't possibly understand in order to advance their own bizarre conspiracy theories.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They've been helped by the fact that medical malpractice rates really are at record highs, and doctors are understandably apoplectic.’
- ‘He had just received my check and was apoplectic with rage, declaring he never wanted to see or have anything to do with ‘that woman’ - meaning me - again.’
- ‘He's even courteous a lot of the time - at least when he's not apoplectic with rage - particularly to women, and he's passingly kind to the pet dog.’
- ‘Bill is yellowed and crumpled, with a good line in apoplectic ranting and a hard-earned smoker's cough.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The comment by me which so upset Henry, and sent you into a foaming apoplectic raging rant, was in a column last September.’
2dated Relating to or denoting apoplexy (stroke)‘an apoplectic attack’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They say the President died of an apoplectic stroke.’
Early 17th century: from French apoplectique or late Latin apoplecticus, from Greek apoplēktikos, from apoplēssein ‘disable by a stroke’.
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